Mental Health Colorado honors Vail Resorts

Broomfield-based company to receive Workplace Wellness Award for implementation of Epic Wellness program

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Posted 9/11/19

Vail Resorts will be honored with the Workplace Wellness award during Mental Health Colorado's 2019 Tribute Gala on Sept. 28, according to a news release. Each year, Mental Health Colorado honors a …

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Mental Health Colorado honors Vail Resorts

Broomfield-based company to receive Workplace Wellness Award for implementation of Epic Wellness program

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Vail Resorts will be honored with the Workplace Wellness award during Mental Health Colorado's 2019 Tribute Gala on Sept. 28, according to a news release.

Each year, Mental Health Colorado honors a company or organization displaying creativity, ingenuity and significant achievements in promoting mental wellness and ending stigma in its communities.

Vail Resorts is being recognized for the successful implementation of its Epic Wellness program, the release said.

Vail Resorts is headquartered in Broomfield and operates 20 mountain resorts in three countries, including five resorts in Colorado: Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Crested Butte.

The company's Epic Wellness program, which serves Vail Resorts' 40,000 employees, highlights the variety of mental, physical and financial wellness resources available to staff, dependents and household members.

“We designed Epic Wellness with the intention of destigmatizing mental health and placing it on equal footing with physical health,” Dr. Corey Levy, clinical psychologist and wellness manager at Vail Resorts, said in the release. “People should be able to talk about mental health concerns as openly as things like knee pain. There is a shortage of mental health care service providers in the mountain communities in which many of our employees live, work, and play, and it's critical we make it as easy as possible for them to get the help they need. Since the start of Epic Wellness five years ago, we've seen a remarkable 300 percent increase in utilization of our mental wellness resources - and this is just the beginning as we continue to work to change the narrative around mental health.”

For mental health, all employees, regardless or full-time or part-time work status, have no- cost access to:

Six counseling sessions each year for a variety of topics, including stress/anxiety/depression, substance use, grief and loss, and more

Preferred providers/therapists familiar with the company and its benefits

Onsite wellness presentations and a variety of additional mental health tools

“Caring for a Coworker” resources to empower all employees with the ability to help those around them

“Bringing someone on board to build a monumental program like Epic Wellness is both forward thinking and, in itself, worthy of an award,” Kay Greene, director of development at Mental Health Colorado, said in the release. “We applaud Dr. Levy's outstanding work and look forward to Vail Resorts' future successes.”

Over 1 million Coloradans experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year, and there is not nearly enough adequate mental health and substance use service capacity for everyone who needs care.

As the state's leading mental health advocate, Mental Health Colorado achieved the most significant accomplishments in its 65-year history last year. Among eight of the bills they championed, the policy team led the fight for mental health parity — holding insurers accountable to the law that says mental health and substance use treatment must be covered equal to physical health care. In tandem with its partners, Mental Health Colorado's 2019 policy efforts secured $20 million for mental health and substance use services and supports.

For 37 years, Mental Health Colorado's Tribute gala has been bringing together members of the community — passionate about mental wellness — to celebrate accomplishments and raise funds to support the work. Dr. Corey Levy will be accepting the award on behalf of Vail Resorts.

Full details and tickets are available at www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/tribute2019/

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