Second Annual STATE of MIND

We are thrilled to announce our second annual State of Mind event, where our goal is to shine a light on current mental health issues impacting our community. We will look at the gaps in the system and bring together the best local minds in the field of mental health to talk about solutions and initiatives. Learn how YOU can be involved and affect change. Join us for one – or all four – of the Meeting of the Minds panel discussions!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
10 AM to 11:30 AM – Meeting of the Minds | The Mind-Body CONNECTion
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM – Meeting of the Minds | Harmful Habits and Mental Health in Summit County

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Meeting of the Minds | Hotlines, Hope, and Help for Those in Crisis
2:30 PM to 4: 00 PM – Meeting of the Minds | Race, Poverty, and Mental Health Resources: Becoming a More Fair-Minded Community

RSVP HERE or join us on Facebook Livestream!


Tuesday, February 15

Meeting of the Minds | The Mind-Body CONNECTion

A conversation about neurological disorders and mental health.

10 AM to 11:30 AM

Moderator: Lauren Ziaks, CONNECT Summit County Board Member

Have you ever wondered how neurological disorders impact your mental health? Oftentimes, people who experience mood disorders, dizziness, migraines, dysautonomia and other neurological disorders also find themselves confronted with mental health challenges like anxiety and depression. What is the science behind it, and how are options for treatment impeded? 

If you’re curious to learn more about the relationship between body and mind, join our esteemed panelists for a deep discussion on this topic.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Janene Holmberg, Licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy, INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE
  • Dr. Jon Pertab, PhD, Neurosciences Institute, INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE
  • Autumn Bear, M.S., L.AC, DIPL AC, Autumn Bear Acupuncture

Read panelist bios here!

Meeting of the Minds | Harmful Habits and Mental Health in Summit County

A conversation about addiction prevention, harm reduction, and recovery in Summit County.

2:30 PM to 4 PM

Moderator: Julya Sembrat, CONNECT Summit County, Executive Director

Sixty percent of respondents to Summit County Health Department’s Community Engagement and Behavioral Health Survey Report stated that their life has been directly and negatively impacted by someone’s substance abuse issue. Tourism-based economies, like that of the Park City, tend to attract quite a bit of partying. How does substance abuse from party culture impact the mental health of our community? And why are rurals parts of the county seeing such high rates of substance abuse?

According to SAMHSA Behavioral Health, approximately 50% of those who have a substance use disorder also experience an underlying mental health disorder. Are people in Summit County self-medicating, and if so, why?

Join us for this pressing conversation, where our panel of experts will dive into subjects including prevention, harm reduction, brain trauma and substance abuse, self-medicating behaviors, and treatments for stability and sobriety.

Panelists:

  • Mary Christa Smith, Executive Director, Communities that Care Summit County
  • Mindy Vincent, Executive Director, Harm Reduction Coalition of Utah
  • Evan Done, Development Director of USARA, USAAV and Council Member
  • Brooks Addicott, Addiction Recovery Specialist, Private Practice

Read panelist bios here!

Wednesday, February 16

Meeting of the Minds | Hotlines, Hope, and Help for Those in Crisis

A conversation about crisis services in Summit County.

10 AM to 11:30 AM

Monderator: Natalie Herron, Board Chair Connect Summit County

If you’ve never experienced a mental health crisis for yourself or with a loved one, it may seem abstract to you. So let us explain, a mental health crisis is any situation in which a person’s behavior puts them at risk of hurting themselves or others. This crisis may prevent them from caring for themselves or functioning effectively in their community. 

What services exist in Summit County to support those in crisis and their loved ones? What services are missing? Do you know where to go, who to call, who to trust?

The 988 phone number, which directs people to the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline is launching July, 16, 2022. How will this affect our current crisis services in Summit County, or will it?

Join the conversation between esteemed panelists as they discuss these and other questions around the topic of mental health crisis services and learn how you can better advocate for yourself and your loved ones in the event of a mental health crisis.

Panelists:

  • Amber Mackay, Executive Director, Summit County Clubhouse
  • Todd Soutor, Executive Director, CIT Utah
  • Malena Stevens, Summit County Council Member, and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police, Park City Policy Department

Read panelist bios here!

Meeting of the Minds | Race, Poverty, and Mental Health Resources: Becoming a More Fair-Minded Community

A conversation about mental health equity in Summit County.

2:30 PM to 4 PM

Moderator: Kathy Meyer, Board Member CONNECT Summit County

According to SAMHSA Behavioral Health, (mental health) equity is the right to access quality health care for all populations regardless of the individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or geographical location. This includes access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for mental and substance use disorders.

This brings up many questions for us that we will explore in our discussion. What are the barriers to equity? What are tools we can use to self-advocate? Are there local initiatives to create more equity in mental health treatment in Summit County?

Join the conversation between our esteemed panelists as we discuss these and other questions around the topic of mental health equity and learn how you can better advocate for yourself and your loved ones.

Panelists:

  • Sr. Veronica A. Fajardo, CSC-LCSW, Therapist at Holy Cross Ministries
  • Sherri Wittwer, President of CIT Utah
  • Allison Heffernan, Co-leader of Take Care Utah, Utah Health Policy Project
  • Nelson Clayton, Senior Program Manager, University of Utah Health Plans
  • Jackie Rae Buckman, Housing Case Manager, Volunteers of America Youth Resource Center

Read panelist bios here!

We would love for you to join us! RSVP HERE!

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