OUR MISSION: To create a well-informed and stigma-free community with access to mental health services for all residents of Summit County.
We have a mental health crisis in Summit County, and we need your help. It’s estimated that nearly one in five Utahns lives with a mental illness, and the ripple effect from that touches almost everyone in the community. Oftentimes, those who suffer from mental illness are unaware of the resources available for treatment and support. Many individuals avoid seeking help because of the stigma often associated with mental illness.
We are keenly aware of the urgency associated with mental illness. That’s why our main supports to the community are through educational programing, mental health peer-support navigation, advocacy, and our mental health resource database.
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING:
CONNECT Summit County will focus on five Strategic Goals so that we can consistently, joyfully and with excellence, deliver on our mission.
- Deliver Mental Health Educational Programming that Provides Useful Information and Combats Stigma: Create a year-round education program to help people understand mental health issues, empower them to take action and reduce stigma in the community.
- Help People Navigate the Complexities of the Mental Health System: Provide support to help individuals find the mental health services appropriate for their needs through our Peer Navigation Services, Mental Health Resource Directory, and year-round programming.
- Champion New Services: Identify gaps in mental health services and lead development of solutions.
- Advocate for Better Mental Health Services: CONNECT Summit County will continue to speak as “The People’s Voice for Mental Health in Summit County”.
- Build the Organizational Capacity Necessary to Achieve These Goals: Develop foundational resources — people, financial, and organizational infrastructure.
The community conversation that CONNECT Summit County jumpstarted has moved mental health issues out of the shadows to become a priority in Summit County. However, the stigma of mental illness is deeply ingrained in society and battling it will be a marathon, not a sprint. Your support sustains CONNECT Summit County for the long run!