Among the things we’re grateful for this November — and throughout the year: the University of Colorado’s Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, which helps people with depression and mood disorders through clinical care, research and the delivery of community programs and education.Our firm was honored to sponsor the 9th annual fundraising luncheon, headlined “Shredding Stigma: Elite Athletes and Mental Health.” Cardan Capital Partners Co-Founding Partner Ross Fox and Senior Client Associate Farren Henry also served on the event’s planning committee. The Nov. 1 gathering of 755 people at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Seawell Ballroom featured keynote speaker Jeremy Bloom, a three-time World Champion, two-time Olympian and 11-time World Cup gold medalist in skiing. He is the only person to ski in the Winter Olympics and also be drafted into the National Football League.
Mr. Bloom, who, like many of us, has lost friends to suicide, focused his remarks on the importance of taking the time to become educated about depression, mood disorders and other mental health problems for the sake of caring for family and friends. Knowing how to identify and discuss problems and guide loved ones to help could save a life, he said.
“This event’s success is a powerful testament to the need out there for this treatment,” said Ross, who is also a member of the Johnson Depression Center’s board of directors. “Depression and other mental health problems affect us all, and it is wonderful to see how the center’s great work is a unifying force for our communities.”