"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
I have always enjoyed meeting new people from diverse backgrounds and learning about the different realities surrounding us.
In 2017 I moved to the beautiful state of Colorado, where I live with my husband and two children. Since then, I have immersed myself in my community and committed to forming bridges of unity.
For four years, I worked in the world of non-profit organizations, and in 2021, I leaped to become an independent social media strategy consultant.
In 2020, I was humbled to receive the "Helen Klanderud Exemplary Service Award" from Pitkin County Human Services for my volunteer efforts with the Coronavirus y Emergencias Aspen a Parachute Facebook group. This group was designed to provide relevant information and resources to our Spanish-speaking community. I spent countless hours doing that and connecting people to available resources in our region.
That same year my husband, Samuel Bernal, and I received the Theatre Aspen's "Aspen Heroes Award" for these same efforts.
Currently, I work supporting social media campaigns aimed at the Latino community in the Aspen to Parachute area and developing social media strategies for various local businesses.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Mental and emotional well-being are crucial pieces in our ability to live life to our fullest potential.
I see a significant need in our communities for mental health resources to learn the necessary tools to approach life's challenges and take care of their well-being.
I am a certified bilingual Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor in English and Spanish. I have worked with Public Health departments in multiple counties, local non-profit organizations, and school districts to bring this resource to as many members of our community as possible.
From Police Officers to Public Health employees, many individuals have attended my workshops to learn how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults, offer and provide initial help, and guide a person toward appropriate care if necessary.
I believe in the power of literacy and books and the importance of reading to our children every night.
As part of my previous work with Raising A Reader, I used to do workshops and bring bilingual, research-based resources to promote healthy brain development strategies to our local families.
This was especially true during Covid-19 when children needed reassurance, comfort, and a caring routine the most. I developed a social media strategy to provide reading resources at home, including weekly online storytime for RAR and Spanish storytime for Garfield County Public Libraries.