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Heroes 2017: SNL Star Darrell Hammond To Share Personal Story At Luncheon

Posted 09/6/2017

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Long-Standing SNL Star To Share Personal Story At Annual Luncheon

Saturday Night Live Comedian Darrell Hammond will keynote the annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon scheduled at The Broadmoor on Nov. 2, from Noon to 1 p.m.Hammond is famous for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and Donald Trump, but his personal story of overcoming child abuse and substance misuse is less known.

Having been in treatment since his late teens, Hammond now speaks at numerous events about his mental health challenges involving drug abuse and self-harm. Hammond’s book, published in 2011, details the abuse he experienced during his childhood and chronicles his trials and tribulations inside mental health institutions. His inner turmoil ultimately led him to self-medicate and cut throughout his life, including the times at which audiences watched him on SNL. Hammond continues on his journey of healing to this day, overcoming his internal obstacles.

AspenPointe’s annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon recognizes individuals in the Pikes Peak Region who champion mental health and wellness. They can be a driving force in efforts to reduce stigma or a key player in the growth of community programs that treat mental illness, substance use, unemployment and homelessness. Mental Health Hero Nominations open on Sept. 12.

Each year, luncheon attendees help AspenPointe raise funds for an important community initiative. Last year, $18,000 was raised to help benefit Youth Mental Health First Aid, an award-winning public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance misuse disorders.

Tickets are on sale now at www.aspenpointe.org/tickets.

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