Concerned resident to host alternative mental health fair

Event will feature hypnotherapists, chiropractors and other techniques


When Douglas County resident Amy Ross found herself stuck in traffic immediately after the STEM shooting in May, she began thinking she needed to find a way to help the community with mental health.

Now, it's four months later and she's preparing to host a “mental fitness fair” at the Highlands Ranch library.

The event, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21, is free and open to the public.

About five people who specialize in alternative health techniques will be at the fair to offer information about their methods. This includes a chiropractor, hypnotherapists and others who consider themselves healers, Ross said.

The event leaders don't necessarily plan to practice their techniques on attendees but instead offer information and education about them, she said.

“I just want as many people to know about these tools as possible,” said Ross, a hypnotherapist.

While attendees won't be asked to share anything personal, Ross will have an emphasis on being active, she said.

“I think people learn by moving their bodies and things become much easier to learn when you're about to do that,” she said.

For Ross, the biggest goal of the fair is to teach people simple tools that they can use themselves, she said.

“I'm intending for this fair to be a way for people to approach the mental health tools that are available to control anger and different things that come up in people's lives,” she said. “When one of us does better we all do better.”

More information about the event is available by searching “innovative self-care & mental fitness fair” at


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