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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

CONNECT’S May Mental Health Awareness Month 2017 Offers Mental Wellness Programs For All Ages

Maintaining a healthy brain at every stage of life will be the focus of more than twenty talks, films, and panel discussions during CONNECT Summit County’s May Mental Health Awareness Month. The events, free and open to the public, will bring experts to the county for a month-long consumer education campaign. Programs will focus on a range of issues from teen suicide and early detection/intervention of adolescent psychosis to Alzheimer’s and sleep disorders. Research on the effects of living at altitude on depression, suicide prevention, and cutting edge trauma treatment are also among the topics to be addressed.“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,” according to CONNECT President Ed Rutan who gave an informative interview to Park City Television highlighting the month's events, which can be viewed by clicking here.Among the highlights of the Mental Health Awareness Month programs: •Kevin Hines, who lives with bipolar disorder and is among the one percent to survive a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge, will tell his dramatic and inspiring story, “Cracked Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After A Suicide Attempt” Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. Jim Santy Auditorium, Park City Library. •The University of Utah Department of Psychiatry will host a cutting-edge Mental Health Research Showcase for both mental health professionals and the public. Six fifteen-minute presentations will examine pioneering subjects including: Biological Insights into Mental Illness; the Genetics of Opioid Addiction; Autism Research; and Treatment of Depression and Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly, Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Park City. •Dr. Gail Hornstein, professor of psychology, Mt. Holyoke College, author, and an internationally recognized scholar for The Hearing Voices Network, a peer support for people living with schizophrenia and other mental disorders, will discuss “Our Minds and Each Other: Re-Imagining Mental Health,” Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m., Blair Education and Conference Center on the ground floor of Park City Hospital. •Living at Altitude and Depression, will be the subject of “Utah: The Saddest and Happiest State In the U.S.A.,” a talk by Dr. Perry Renshaw, a psychiatrist and biophysicist recruited from Harvard Medical School in 2008 will reveal the innovative research now underway in his lab to examine the effects on the brain of living at altitude. Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m., Blair Education and Conference Center on the ground floor of Park City Hospital.Adolescent Mental Health will be the focus of three programs: •Feed Your Brain: How to Eat To Improve Health and Performance,” by award-winning dietitian, author, and Dr. Oz nutritionist Kate Geagan and mental health counselor Kwinten Kemp, followed by a school-healthy Deer Valley chili meal, Thursday, May 18, 5:30 p.m. Park City High School Lecture Hall; •Early Detection and Intervention for Adolescent Psychosis, a lecture by Emily Owens, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior, Wednesday, May 24, 6 p.m., Blair Education and Conference Center on the ground floor of Park City Hospital; •What ARE they thinking? Inside the Adolescent Brain, by Dr. Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, University of Utah, Wednesday, May 31, 6 p.m., Park City Library.The Brainstorm Film Festival at the Jim Santy Auditorium, Park City Library, will feature documentaries with panel discussions including: •“Hope Lives: Preventing Teen Suicide in Utah,” a KUED documentary, Tuesday May 9, 6 p.m. •“God Knows Where I Am”, in partnership with the Park City Film Series, Thursday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. •“Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts,” a PBS documentary Tuesday, May 16, 6 p.m. •“Dying In Vein: The Opiate Generation,” Thursday, May 25, 6 p.m.A complete schedule and program details are available at and on Facebook. A brochure with the full calendar of events can be found here.CONNECT’s Mental Health Awareness Month programs would not be possible without generous contributions from people like you, including a generous grant from the Marriott Daughters Foundation.

Mental Health Wellness Summit | April 21st

CONNECT, along with the Park City Community Foundation and the Summit County Health Department are pleased to present keynote speaker Leon Evans, President/CEO for The Center for Health Care Services of San Antonio, TX and featured Boston Globe Spotlight Series contributor, to address the topic: “Getting it right on Mental Health and Substance Abuse: The San Antonio Experience.” San Antonio is a city that many people across the nation think has gotten it right on mental health and substance abuse. The Summit County Mental Wellness Summit will be held on April 21, 2017 from 9AM-Noon at the Blair Conference Center at Park City Hospital. The event is free and the public is welcome.

“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