On February 22nd, CONNECT Summit County released their Mental Health Attitudes & Access Survey during the first session of Utah State of Mind. Speakers included CONNECT Summit County’s Board Chair Natalie Harron, CONNECT Summit County’s Executive Director Deanna Rhodes, CONNECT Summit County’s Event Coordinator Betty Morin, and Park City Board Of REALTORS Philanthropic Foundation President-Elect Sara Werbelow. The video featured below combines data from the survey results with real stories told by community members about the importance of asking for help when you have a mental health challenge.

“I like to think of CONNECT Summit County as the bridge, conduit, or link, between those seeking mental health services and those who provide them, like therapists, support groups, the myriad resources available,” said Betty Morin, CONNECT Summit County’s Event Coordinator and data guru. Betty had overseen the collection of the data that went into the survey report during the summer of 2020 and she presented the findings during CONNECT Summit County’s Utah State of Mind event Monday morning on February 22nd. “Our Peer Navigators are just that–a peer, and someone to help you navigate the ever-changing mental health resources in our community. When you contact CONNECT Summit County, we are here to listen and to match you with the resources that best serve you. With that in mind, we were curious about the stigma and levels of it that stop people from even making that first call. Therefore, before we launched the community-wide Part of our Nature anti-stigma campaign in the summer of 2020 it was imperative for us to know and understand the landscape of our community before moving forward.”

The data from the Mental Health Attitudes and Access Survey shows that community members are willing to help each other – but many are very hesitant to take the first step to help themselves. 

View the full report here: 2021.02.09_FINALReport_Mental Health Attitudes & Access Survey Results

 

Key Findings

These key findings give an overview of our objectives and where respondents land in awareness and knowledge about mental health resources, ability to communicate about mental health issues, and familiarity with CONNECT Summit County.

Objective 1

Do Summit County residents know about available mental health resources? “Resource awareness” is the first step to “resource knowledge” and understanding where to access mental health services. 

Findings from our survey written in English

  • 80% of our respondents are not aware of mental health resources
  • 85% of our respondents do not know where to go to access mental health resources

Findings from our Survey written in Spanish

  • 84% of our respondents are not aware of mental health resources
  • 91% of our respondents do not know where to go to access mental health resources

Awareness of mental health resources is the first step—knowing where to access those resources is the second. When marketing awareness, where to access those resources should be promoted in conjunction. CONNECT Summit County offers a warm line for resources in our county where can you learn about those resources. We have Peer Navigators who speak both English and Spanish.

Objective 2

How able and comfortable are Summit County residents accessing needed mental health resources? In this portion of the survey, we asked questions regarding access and the ability to talk about mental health within the community.

Findings from our survey written in English

  • 76% of respondents are unlikely to ask for help with a mental health issue
  • 71% of respondents have helped someone with a mental health need 

Findings from our survey written in Spanish

  • 58% of respondents are unlikely to ask for help with a mental health issue
  • 53% of respondents have helped someone with a mental health need 

While most respondents are unlikely to ask for help with personal mental health challenges, the majority of survey respondents are willing—and have—helped others with mental health challenges. There may be an opportunity to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health by reminding people of loved ones who struggle.

Objective 3

Do Summit County residents know about CONNECT Summit County?

Findings from our survey written in English

  • 84% of respondents are unfamiliar with CONNECT Summit County

Findings from our survey written in Spanish

  • 91% of respondents are unfamiliar with CONNECT Summit County

Because CONNECT Summit County is a significant resource for mental health information in the County, programmatic and marketing efforts should focus on the brand as much as the message. Knowing who to go to for help is half the battle.

 

In the graphic above, we see that there is a correlation between knowledge of CONNECT Summit County and knowing where to access resources. We have a lot of work to do in brand awareness in order to ensure that everyone in Summit County knows how to access mental health resources and what those resources are. 

CONNECT Summit County’s first annual Utah State of Mind event was made possible by the support of the Park City Board of REALTORS Philanthropic Foundation. We are so grateful to have them as an ally as we work to raise awareness for mental health resources in Summit County.

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