MENTAL HEALTH TOOL KIT:  ReCONNECTing: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH 2021

CONNECT Summit County has been deeply committed to reducing the stigma of mental health and providing community-wide programming for Mental Health Awareness Month since 2016. This May, we will began the process of ReCONNECTing with ourselves, each other, and our surroundings; and will discussed practical tools and suggestions for easing the anxiety of reCONNECTing to the world and to well-being.

Be sure to reference our Mental Health Awareness Month Resources below and please, remember that if you need help but don’t know where to turn, our Peer Navigator can help you navigate our community’s mental health services. Text or call (435) 776-HELP (4357) or email [email protected] Our Guide to Mental Health Support and Resources During COVID-19 provides an expansive toolkit for finding mental health and financial assistance services in Summit County.

Keynote Speaker Steve Grant presented by CONNECT Summit County

Steve M. Grant, author of Don’t Forget Me: A Lifeline of HOPE for Those Touched by Substance Abuse and Addiction spoke at Park City Community Church on May 25th, 2021. Included at the event was guest speaker Ray Freer, thought leader Mary Closser, and representatives from Summit County Clubhouse and USARA. Watch the video of the presentation to learn more about Steve’s work to promote HOPE in the midst of a difficult journey.

Ask Me Anything Youth Panel presented by Communities That Care

What is it like to be a teen today?  Find out from the perspective of Summit County teens as they  explore topics on mental health, pressure, how to be a trusted adult and drivers of substance use.

Supporting the Mental Health of Employees

The effects of COVID-19 have extended far beyond the virus itself, affecting our connection with our bodies and minds.  CONNECT Summit County and the Park City Chamber discuss the impact of mental health on our workforce and tools to support the mental health of our employees. Thought leader Deanna Rhodes talks with Hope Recovery and Healing about how to support employees and spot signs of struggles. 

Dr. Christine Montross, ‘Falling Into the Fire’

On May 17th, CONNECT Summit County hosted a virtual discussion with psychiatrist Christine Montross, author of Falling Into the Fire. Montross’s journey spans the course of her residency and her early years as an attending physician, and is shaped by a set of gripping patient encounters. Falling Into the Fire brings us inside the doctor’s mind, illuminating the grave human costs of mental illness as well as the challenges of diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Montross spoke of her own experience with patients and answered questions. 

Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee Mental Health Awareness Month

The May Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee meeting was held in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Coalition to honor Mental Health Awareness month. Dr. Vail gave a presentation on managing compassion fatigue and provider burnout from the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t Forget Me by Steve Grant, a book discussion hosted by CONNECT Summit County, Park City & Summit County Libraries

On May 13, 2021, CONNECT Summit County, in collaboration with the Summit County and Park City Libraries hosted a small group of people gathered virtually to discuss the contents of the book, ‘Don’t Forget Me’ by Steve M. Grant. This is one father’s story of losing two sons to drug overdoses and his desperate attempts to save them from the tragedies that unraveled despite his best and earnest efforts.

Signature Event | Words on Bathroom Walls Presented by: CONNECT Summit County and Park City Film

CONNECT Summit County and Park City Film presented the film Words on Bathroom Walls, telling the story of a teen diagnosed with schizophrenia during his senior year of high school. After the film, a 30-minute panel discussed the storyline and application to community members. Our panel, moderated by Kathy Meyer, and comprised of Dr. Xavier Amador, Alex Schlopy, and Holly Flanders, discussed film’s portrayal of mental health and the reality of a mental health diagnosis at a young age.

Community Panel: Time to ReCONNECT

Our virtual panel highlighted local experts on the topic of reCONNECTing after the pandemic. The effects of COVID-19 have extended far beyond the virus itself, affecting our connection with our bodies, minds and the earth. We discussed how to reCONNECT with ourselves and each other, and discuss practical tools and suggestions for easing the anxiety of reconnecting to the world and to well-being.

  • Kwinten Kemp, MC-MHC, CMHC, CWMS, Executive Director, The Greater You 
  • Jana Quilter – LCHMC, The Greater You
  • Sam Mekrut, Restorative Justice Team Leader, Mountain Mediation Center
  • Ana Pantoja, Bright Futures Intern, Mountain Mediation Center

Virtual Bookclub with the Park City & Summit County Libraries

Don’t Forget Me: A Lifeline of HOPE for Those Touched by Substance Abuse and Addiction

Join CONNECT Summit County and the Park City and Summit County Libraries for a virtual book discussion around Steve Grant’s book Don’t Forget Me: A Lifeline of HOPE for Those Touched by Substance Abuse and Addiction. Steve Grant will then be speaking in Park City on May 25.

Booklist For Adults

CONNECT Summit County is partnering with the Park City and Summit County Libraries to bring you a reading list for Mental Health Awareness Month with titles on everything from poetry memoirs to living with anxiety and depression, to finding hope.

Booklist For Kids

Mental health matters for our kids and the Park City & Summit County Libraries have recommended some great reads for young children, youth and teens. Some highlights include Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day, The Seventh Most Important Thing and The Teenager’s Guide to Life, the Universe, and Being Awesome.

The Importance of Sleep

Are you struggling with your sleep habits? In 2020, Summit County resident and sleep expert Dr. Wendy Troxel gave this fascinating virtual presentation about how to get the most of your time asleep, followed by a Q&A that did a deeper dive with audience members on improving their sleep habits. Called one of the five most influential people in sleep, Dr. Troxel is a prolific speaker and her TED talk, How to sleep like your relationship depends on it, has racked up thousands of views.


Wellness Wheel: A Tool for Integrative Mental Health

Do complementary approaches to mental health really help? CONNECT Summit County Executive Director Deanna Rhodes and Mary Christa Smith, Executive Director of Communities That Care, explore the four sections of the wellness wheel (Physical, Mental/Emotional, Social and Spiritual) for the PC Marc’s May Lunchtime Learning. Click here for the PDF of the presentation or watch below. 


Restorative Yoga and Meditation

What is self-care in action? It’s coming together, forming your own space and moving your body. Betty Morin, a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, leads this Restorative Yoga and Meditation session that gets into your body, breaths out of your head and releases stress so you can be fully present in this moment.


Shift Change: Mental Health and Returning to Work

While our entire community has collectively lived through COVID-19, our individual experiences have been very different.  At the 2020  Park City Chamber/Bureau Virtual Lunch & Learn “Shift Change: Mental Health and Returning to Work,” our Executive Director Deanna Rhodes shares how to validate different perspectives, challenge your own assumptions, and practice empathy in the workplace. This presentation gave tools and exercises to take back to your teams to create a work environment that promotes good mental health.

Additional Mental Health Resources


Music for the Soul

Listening to fun or uplifting music can relax your mind, energize your body and even help some people better manage pain. The notion that music can influence your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors probably do not come as much of a surprise. If you’ve ever felt pumped up while listening to your favorite fast-paced rock anthem or been moved to tears by a tender live performance, then you easily understand the power of music to impact moods and even inspire action. Be sure to check-out CONNECT Summit County’s awesome playlist on Spotify whenever you need a mood boost.


Write It Out

One of the best ways to confront our feelings is through writing. Decades of research have suggested that expressive writing can help improve mood, increase psychological well-being, reduce depressive symptoms, decrease PTSD avoidance symptoms, reduce days spent in a hospital and improve immune system functioning (to name a few). The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a few ways you can use expressive writing practices to reduce mental health symptoms and improve overall well-being.


Transforming Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) into Resiliency

Research shows that depression and anxiety, as well as other physical and mental disorders in adults, are linked to adverse childhood experiences. What is considered an adverse experience? How are these childhood experiences related to physical and mental health in adulthood? What are the protective factors that can mitigate adverse childhood experiences? Learn the answers to these questions and more. in this ACEs Webinar: Transforming Childhood Experiences (ACEs) into Resiliency.

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