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If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call the National Crisis Hotline: 800.273.TALK (8255).

Mental illnesses are a thing. They’re real. And we need to talk about them. Start the conversation. End the stigma.

CONNECT is a new grassroots non-profit organization bringing together Summit County residents who are loved ones, friends, and colleagues of people struggling with mental illness. We are also mental health service providers in Summit County. And, we are people not directly affected by mental illness who nonetheless recognize the serious challenges and want to help. Many of us have watched, frustrated and helpless, as our loved ones flounder through a confusing, disjointed, inadequate treatment system. Our goal is to educate and raise awareness. Coming together we can more effectively raise our voices against the stigma and isolation of mental illness and work for more comprehensive and accessible mental health services, education, and insightful programming throughout Summit County.

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Summit County Releases Much Anticipated Results of Mental Health Services Needs Assessment Survey

Download Here:
Report of Mental Health Survey Findings and Community-Based Strategic Planning Directives for Summit County dated October 2016 (the “Report”)
A PowerPoint Summary of the findings

Special Announcement:  Political Transition 2017

Here are a few tips from the Suicide Prevention Lifeline to help manage anxiety and stress you may be feeling related to the recent U.S. presidential election, inauguration, and transition. These tips can also be applied to anxiety related to other major events. Please Click Here for More Information.

CONNECT had an exceptional first year, and we want to share those accomplishments with You:

Click here to Read CONNECT Summit County’s 2016 First Year Report.

Recognize the Warning Signs of Mental Illness

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don’t exist in objective reality)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Thinking about suicide

How Are You Feeling? The Utah Department of Human Services offers an anonymous mental health screening tool that can be performed online to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation.  Please Click this Link to Begin a Screening.

Do you know a child who feels anxious? Take a brief online assessment at:

Emotional Wellness is just as Important as Physical Wellness.  If you’re feeling suicidal, please talk to somebody. You can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Utah Suicide Hotline 24 hours / 7 days (801) 261-1442.  If you don’t like the phone, check out Lifeline Crisis Chat or Crisis Text Line. If you’re a suicide attempt survivor and would like to share your story, take a look at Live Through This.

Recent Articles and Blog Postings

“At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.”
Michelle Obama
“For too long we have been embarrassed to admit when our children need emotional or psychiatric help, worried that the stigma associated with these problems would be detrimental to their futures. The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health.”
Kate Middleton
“In 1990, I had the idea to begin screening for depression much like my colleagues in the medical field were screening for physical diseases like cancer and diabetes. It’s important that we screen for mental illness because it allows us to identify these illnesses early on—making treatment more effective.”
Douglas Jacobs, M.D., Founder and Medical Director of Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
“Never give up on someone with a Mental Illness. When “I” is replaced by “We”, Illness becomes Wellness.”
Shannon L. Alder
“Kids who suffer from mental health disorders … inevitably miss out on opportunities for learning and building relationships.”
David Anderson, expert on schools and mental health at the Child Mind Institute
“Chance Favors the Connected Mind”
Steven Johnson, Author and TED Speaker
“It is difficult to negotiate the mental health system, even as a psychiatrist; yet we expect people burdened by severe mental symptoms to find their way in a poorly organized system with many gaps in service.”
Summit County, Utah Psychiatrist & Friend
“I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.” —December 2000, in an interview Diane Sawyer on ABC PrimeTime
Carrie Fisher, Actress