The story behind the Aspen Hope Center portraits
I spent the month of July 2012 in the lovely hamlet of Aspen, CO.
For about two and a half weeks, I traversed the Roaring Fork Valley to take photos of the folks who make up the staff dedicated to suicide prevention.
Life-critical support services hanging a formerly shameful statistic out to dry
According to the Denver Post, "Pitkin County's suicide rate regularly spikes to about twice as high as the rest of Colorado and three times the national rate.
In 2005, the last year for which comparison rates are available, "the Aspen area's rate of suicide deaths was 30.5 per 100,000 people, compared with 16.9 for Colorado and 10.8 nationally."1
Kris Marsh, AVF President and CEO
I photographed 24 staff members. Kris Marsh, the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation President and CEO, plans to do a book on these remarkable people who save and change lives. Stay tuned for updates on the remarkable story of this highly effective suicide prevention success story.