As part of her agenda to improve mental health care in Colorado, First Lady Jeannie Ritter will speak at Sunday’s Second Wind Fund Walk/Run/Ride in Lakewood. On Tuesday, she will travel to Colorado Springs for a panel on the behavioral health needs of American Indian communities. On Friday, the First Lady will participate in the official ribbon cutting ceremony for a new teaching center for visually impaired infants and toddlers.


Here is the First Lady’s schedule for the week:


Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007


Noon – 1 p.m.                         Second Wind Fund Walk/Run/Ride
                                                GreenMountainHigh School
W. Green Mountain Drive

(just south of Alameda)



This event benefits the Second Wind Fund, which provides funding for youth suicide prevention programs Second Wind offers professional counseling services to uninsured or underinsured at-risk teens. To date, more than 700 young people at risk for suicide have been referred to the program without one of them being lost. Approximately 200 different schools have used Second Wind’s program successfully.



Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007


3 to 3:30 p.m.                         15th Annual Four Corners States Indian Country Conference

                                                Media Availability

                                                Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel
5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs
                                                Room TBD


3:45 to 5 p.m.                         Panel on Behavioral Health Needs of Native American Communities

                                                Grand Ballroom, Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel

Panelists will include mental health providers, tribal leaders, and a tribal court judge. The panel is part of the 15th Annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference, held every year by the United States Attorney’s Offices in the Four Corners region.



Friday, Sept. 28


2 to 3 p.m.                              Ribbon Cutting Celebration for AnchorCenter for Blind Children

                                                Julie McAndrewsMorkBuilding      

2550 Roslyn St., Denver

(Stapleton neighborhood)


The First Lady will take part in the AnchorCenter for Blind Children’s ribbon cutting celebration. This is a one-of-a-kind teaching facility for very young blind children, and it is poised to become a national model for teaching life skills to blind children.