Presented by The Summit Daily and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center
The Longevity Project is a weekslong effort by the Summit Daily to educate our readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life. The 2021 project focused on the critical and relevant topic of mental health and included a multipart written series, an event with a panel discussion and keynote speaker, and an opportunity for readers to share their own stories of mental health struggles.
The Paradise Paradox: How Colorado’s High Country is responding to a staggering increase in demand for mental health care in the wake of the pandemic.
Aug. 27 | A cry for help
Hardships of mountain living contribute to above average suicide rate
Sept. 3 | Party town
How an alcohol-centered culture is impacting the community’s mental health
Sept. 10 | Crime or crises?
Police see early success with measured response to mental health emergencies
Sept. 17 | Finding help
Mental health services struggle to meet growing demand in rural Colorado
We’re asking readers to tell their own stories of mental health struggles in an effort to continue to destigmatize the serious health issue.
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Save the Date | Sept. 21, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.
The Summit Daily News will host the event virtually instead of in person. The event will be free of charge. Those who already purchased tickets can request a refund or donate the purchase price to help offset the cost of the event.
Zoom link will be emailed to those who register
The Longevity Project will be a virtual event on Sept. 21. The Summit Daily will host a panel discussion of local experts followed by speaker Kevin Hines’ keynote address. Kevin is an award-winning global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker, and suicide prevention and mental health advocate who has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live.
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A cry for help: Hardships of mountain living contribute to above average suicide rateSummit County is an escape for many people, and for good reason. Nestled between the Gore and Tenmile ranges in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, its world-class ski resorts, myriad recreation activities and impeccable scenery make it one of the most visited counties in the state.
Party town: How an alcohol-centered culture is impacting the community’s mental healthJordan Cain was a teenager when he began drinking. It started innocuous enough for the Longmont native, as is the case with many young people experimenting with alcohol in their high school years. But things didn’t stay that way.
Crime or crises? Police see early success with measured response to mental health emergenciesIt can be easy to have a poor perception of law enforcement. Every day, police officers are tasked with responding to complicated calls related to individuals in the midst of mental health crises, and community members are inundated with horror stories in the news and on social media of those interactions going wrong.
Finding Help: Mental health services struggle to meet growing demand in rural ColoradoThe first time Anna Vaine was diagnosed with a mental health condition, she was 8 years old. The Summit High School graduate learned she had generalized anxiety disorder. Since then, the now 19-year-old has been diagnosed with chronic depression, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Survivor calls suicide attempt ‘the greatest mistake of my life’“I jumped.” “It was the single worst action of my entire life,” Kevin Hines said. “The millisecond my hands left the rail, I had an instantaneous regret for my actions. It’s 100% recognition that I had just made the greatest mistake of my life, and it was too late.”
Pandemic lessons learned: Longevity Project event speakers talk about mental healthThe Longevity Project is an annual series hosted by the Summit Daily News that focuses on how to live a longer, happier, healthier life. For four years running, the project has covered a health topic and is capped with a paneled event and keynote speaker.
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