According to the National Institute of Mental Health, tens of millions of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness, including depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and bipolar disorder. Despite the prevalence of mental illness, there is still immense stigma and misunderstanding of the issue and half the people affected go untreated. One organization in Park City, CONNECT Summit County, is trying to change the narrative. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, they've put together a fantastic series of community events touching on everything from teen suicide to postpartum wellness, embracing aging, and eating to improve health and performance.
With the massive amount of fun you can have here, it's easy for us to think of Park City as one of the best, happiest places in the world, but mental illness doesn't discriminate based on location and it also affects our community. In fact, research shows altitude and thin air are linked to depression and can have effects on your mood. Understanding and recognizing if you or someone in your life is dealing with mental health issues can be difficult if you're unsure of the signs or are frightened of being assigned an unwanted label. Community programming, however, can combat these problems and help us create a healthier, happier Park City. “The whole point of Mental Health Awareness Month is to diminish stigma by getting the community to talk openly about both mental health and mental illness,” said CONNECT's president, Ed Rutan.
Here's the line-up of events, including film screenings and talks CONNECT has scheduled to celebrate for Mental Health Awareness Month. All the events are free and open to the public, but don't forget to register online at connectsummitcounty.org if there's something you're interested in attending.
- May 8 - Maintain Your Brain and Embrace Aging
- May 9 - Hope Lives: Preventing Teen Suicide in Utah | Film Screening
- May 10 - Utah: The Saddest and Happiest State in the U.S.A. | Latest Research on Altitude and Depression
- May 11 - God Knows Where I Am | Film Screening
- May 15 - Untangled: Breaking the Cycle of Refugee Truama
- May 16 - Alzheimer's Every Second Counts | Film Screening
- May 17 - Featured Speaker: Kevin Hines, "Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving after a Suicide Attempt"
- May 18 - Feed Your Brain: How to Eat to Improve Health and Performance
- May 22 - Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Suicide Training Taught in Spanish
- May 23 - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR): A Breakthrough Therapy to Treat Trauma
- May 24 - A Visit from UCLA: Early Detection and Intervention for Adolescent Psychosis
- May 25 - Postpartum Wellness: Be Prepared for Whatever Turn Your Postpartum May Take
- May 25 - Dying in Vein: The Opiate Generation | Film Screening
- May 31 - What ARE They Thinking? Inside the Adolescent Brain
- June 8, 15, 22 - Dementia Dialogues - An Alzheimer's Education Series