To end the stigma of mental illness through community education, CONNECT Summit County will host a Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) consumer education campaign with talks, films and events on a range of issues. Topics will include grief and loss, complementary approaches to mental health, resilience through art, the Brainstorm Film Festival and the Ask Me Anything teen panel discussion.

Do you want to volunteer? We would love your help at our events during May Mental Health Awareness Month! Volunteering is a great way to learn more about CONNECT, meet new friends and support your community. Sign-up to help at one or more of the great events we have planned. Questions? Contact [email protected] or sign-up directly here.

All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule and program details are available at CONNECTsummitcounty.org/calendar-events-2/ or facebook.com/CONNECTSummitCounty. 

You may also download our brochure here.

 Mental Health Awareness Month Events:

  • Wellness Wheel: Exploring Integrative Options for Mental Wellness, Wednesday, May 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Park City Community Church. CONNECT’s kick-off event will include a presentation and Q&A on how integrative approaches to mental health can help. Four panelists will represent the four sections of the wellness wheel (Physical, Mental/Emotional, Social and Spiritual) and local psychiatrist Dr. Melissa Lopez-Larson will facilitate the event. There will also be a variety of local integrative service providers on-hand to explore additional options.
  • Ask Me Anything Night, Thursday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at Hyatt Place Park City. Do you want to know what your teens are REALLY thinking? A panel of Summit County high school students will share their struggles with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and more in this interactive and vulnerable discussion. Ollie Wilder from the Park City Community Foundation will be the moderator.
  • Building Communication Between Parents and Their Children, Monday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Christian Center of Park City. The presentation will provide parents and their children an opportunity to practice a variety of listening and speaking skills to use when communicating as well as tips on how to improve dialogue and engagement. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Note: This presentation will be in Spanish.
  • How to Be the Perfect Parent, Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Blair Education Center at the Intermountain Park City Hospital. Do you want to learn how to be the perfect parent? Sorry, it doesn’t exist, but be sure to join Dr. Brad Reedy for an evening of humor and discussion as he gives parents tools for developing a healthy sense of self in their children.
  • QPR—Question, Persuade and Refer, Wednesday, May 8th at 6 p.m. at the South Summit County Services Building in Kamas and Summit County Library in CoalvilleThe three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Training in two locations by Shelley Worley and Alyssa Mitchell from the Summit County Health Department. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Images of Resilience, Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the Park City Library. Join Summit County artists for this special exhibit that showcases stories of resilience through the medium of art. University of Utah’s professor of psychiatry Dr. Scott Langenecker will share how resilience can be learned, cultivated and strengthened. There will also be an area for adults and children to create art.

This year’s “Brainstorm Film Festival…rewriting the script on mental illness”will feature five free films in the Jim Santy Auditorium followed by panels and Q&As, including:

  • Beautiful Boy, Thursday, May 9th at 7 p.m. Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, the film chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse and recovery in a family coping with addiction for many years. Following the film, Rob Harter, executive director of the Christian Center of Park City, will moderate a panel of experts from the Summit County Drug Court, Summit County Recovery Foundation, Recovery Elevated Solutions and a Drug Court participant. Presented in partnership with Park City Film. Presented in partnership with Park City Film.
  • THE S WORD, Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.A suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of courage, insight and humor. Along the way, she discovers a rising national movement transforming personal struggles into action. PCTV Producer and Host Christine Napier will moderate a discussion with Film Director Lisa Klein and panel immediately following the film.
  • Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey, Thursday May 16 at 6:30 p.m. This award-winning documentary shares a fresh perspective on the many ways we navigate through grief or help others along their journey. Panel discussion to follow with filmmaker Kathy Sparnins.
  • Inside Out, Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Have you ever let your emotions take over?  Join young Riley as she navigates a new city, house and school in this award-winning film for the whole family.  Free goodies for the children!
  • Happy, Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m.What makes people happy? It’s the question at the heart of the documentary feature film appropriately titled, “Happy.” Join CONNECT for this screening that explores human happiness through interviews with people from 14 different countries. A panel discussion moderated by KPCW’s Lynn Ware Peek on the meaning of happiness will follow.

CONNECT’s Mental Health Awareness Month programming would not be possible without the generous grants and support from the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust, Marriott Daughters Foundation, Park City Community Church, Vail EpicPromise, Summit County Department of Health, Promontory Foundation, Dancing Llama Foundation, Park City Community Foundation, Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance, University of Utah Department of Psychiatry, Summit Sotheby’s Cares, Intermountain Park City Hospital, Park City Film, Park City Library, Park City School District, Park City Rotary, Park City Sunrise Rotary, Whitney Advertising and Cosmic Design.

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