(Editor’s note: This article is the first in a three-part series examining mental health problems and available services in the Gunnison Valley.)
Those closest to Crested Butte resident Kyle Uhl recall him as an intelligent, successful and outgoing 27-year-old. He loved the mountains, and telling funny anecdotes. He was upbeat and curious.
Uhl discovered the Gunnison Valley as he traveled to different areas of the country to rock climb. After four years in Crested Butte, he started his own construction and remodeling company and was doing quite well, according to his father, Paul.
Yet, despite Kyle’s success, his father recounted starting to see red flags. Kyle was calling home to Chicago more often, and he talked to his dad about his unhappiness. He was unable to sleep well, and he complained that he lacked connection with close friends.
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