Mental Health Awareness Month Recap, 2022
At a time when Utah has the highest rate of mental health illness in the US, providing access to mental health resources has never been more important. CONNECT Summit County celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month in May by supporting youth and Spanish-speakers in Summit County. Nationally, people are becoming more aware of the need for mental health services, and signs point to stigma starting to be reduced, but there is still much to be done in order to provide support for individuals, and their families all over the country. This is especially true for families in the Spanish-speaking community, which is why CONNECT has focused on integrating Hispanic/Latino culture and Spanish Language into this year’s May events.
We hosted five events of our own, and helped share local mental health events brought to you by our community partners. On May 21, we celebrated the CONNECT, DANCE, PLAY! Festival at Park City Community Church, where we celebrated and engaged the Latino community with traditional dance by Vive el Folklore International. Here, we also held a mental health fair to bring attention to the available resources and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and seeking help.
We hosted the “Ask Me Anything Youth Panel” at the Kamas High School in collaboration with Communities That Care Summit County, which allowed teens to share their experience with social pressures and the consequences from high demands around school performance. This event was a great opportunity
CONNECT partnered with Park City Film Series to show two films, “For Love” and “Marvelous and the Black Hole”, both of which were followed by a Q&A session that allowed viewers to discuss the mental health themes embedded in each film.
Lastly, CONNECT hosted their monthly Resource Rally in the form of a BBQ at Summit County Clubhouse. Not only did this create a fantastic opportunity for connection between organizations, but it also allowed attendees to come together in-person to share their passion for mental health while enjoying a burger and sunshine.
Thank you to PCTV and KPCW for amplifying our message about Mental Health Awareness Month. Check out Christine Napier’s interview from May 26 with Executive Director Julya Sembrat, Board Chair Natalie Herron, and Board Member Brooks Addicot.
May 2022 Sponsors:
- Dog Days Helping Paws
- Escala Provisions Company
- Este Pizza
- Hyatt Centric
- Kimball Art Center
- Mountain Town Music
- Newport Academy
- Park City Community Church
- Sandra More
Please enjoy some photos from May, taken by CONNECT Summit County’s team. Special thanks to Jacob Pettee, JWP Industries, for photographing the May 21st event.