CONNECT Summit County is the uncensored voice of the people to advocate for resources that will support our community members’ mental health. Over the past five years, we have invested in collecting complex information via open-source data, community assessments, and feedback surveys. In 2020, CONNECT Summit County conducted our own Mental Health Attitudes and Access Survey as well as supported the Annual Provider Survey and the Community-Wide Assessment which is well underway.
Over this three-day event, we shared our analysis as well as brought together Meeting of the Minds on policy-specific topics such as school-based mental wellness, promising practices for mental health, the implication of housing on recovery, and exploration of mental health impacts on businesses. We wrapped up our symposium by attending the Summit County Council Meeting and presented our Mental Health Attitudes and Access Survey Report.
This event was sponsored by the Park City Board of REALTORs Philanthropic Foundation.
Monday, February 22, 9a – 10a
Utah State of Mind | Attitudes and Access Survey Release
The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Utah Hospital Association confirm that one in five Utahn’s will experience a mental illness and yet there is still a stigma associated with mental illness and its treatment. (Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Utah Hospital Association, 2019). Extrapolating by population for the Summit County community, this means that about 8,000 of our residents could be suffering from a mental health condition at any given time. This does not include the significant ripple effect on their families and friends.
Join us in the video below to dig into the findings of our most recent Attitudes and Access Survey.
Meeting of the Minds | Youth Data Trends in the Wasatch Back
SHARP Data from Summit and Wasatch County tell different stories when it comes to identifying the most pervasive needs of our school-aged kids. This panel discussed different approaches of our two school districts and looked for common ground. Is it possible to strengthen our communities by coming together?
Ben Belnap, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Associate Superintendent of Student Wellness Park City School District
Ben Springer, Ph.D., Nationally Certified School Psychologist, NCSP Director of Special Education, Wasatch County School District
Thought Leader: Ian Crossland, Executive Director of Park City Day School
Tuesday, February 23, 9a – 10a
Meeting of the Minds | New and Promising Practices in Treatment
An important part of educating the community and erasing stigma is raising awareness around the fact that mental health services are not simply a therapist or a medication prescriber. This panel explored some alternative treatments that are available in Utah as well as discussed the financial accessibility of these options. What are the barriers to providing alternative treatments for mental illness?
Dr. Kendrick, Lead Ketamine expert, University of Utah
Dr. Melissa Lopez-Larson, MD. Child, Adolescent, and Adult Integrative Psychiatrist, Park City, UT
Matt Mishkind, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, Deputy Director, and Director of Operations for Military and Veteran Programs, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine
Jenn Solomon, Certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher
Thought Leader: Kathy Meyer, Board Member, CONNECT Summit County
Tuesday, February 23, 2p – 3p
Meeting of the Minds | Affordable Housing and Mental Health
Mental health services support not only the individuals who live with a mental illness, but also are beneficial to their families, friends, and the community at large. Homelessness, hospitalizations, and criminalization of the mentally ill are a significant emotional, mental, and financial cost to our community. How can we address the barrier that the lack of affordable housing in Summit County causes to those who are in reintegrating in our community?
Panelists include, with more coming
Roger Armstrong, County Council
Amber Mackay, Summit County Clubhouse
Adam Heiden, Staff Housing Operations Manager, Deer Valley
Thought Leader: Jeff Jones, Economic Development and Housing Director for Summit County
Wednesday, February 24, 9a – 10a
Meeting of the Minds | Impact of Mental Health on our Workforce
One of the most significant barriers to mental health care is cost. Currently, nearly 90 percent of clinicians in Summit County see only clients who self-pay, and the going rate is between $100-$150 per session. (Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance 2020 Provider Survey, July 2020). With this knowledge, we want to have an honest discussion of what role employers play in keeping employees mentally healthy. This panel discussed strides that have been made and considered the impact on the bottom line. Is it possible to support our workforce with mental health resources and still run a sustainable business?
Panelists include, with more coming
Jennifer Wesselhoff, President and CEO, Park City Chamber of Commerce
Corey Levy, PSY.D, Wellness Manager, Human Resources, Vail Resorts
John Kenworthy, Owner, Flanagan’s on Main
Thought Leader: Brian Kahn, Board Member, CONNECT Summit County
Wednesday, February 24, 3:40p – 4p
Utah State of Mind | Summit County Council Meeting
In July of 2020, we saw stigma play out in our own community with the permitting of the Summit County Clubhouse and the concerns from residents about its location. The resistance from the surrounding neighbors was shocking and heartbreaking. It is clear that, despite all of the efforts over the past five years by community organizations and the Summit County Health Department, stigma still persists and the lack of understanding of mental illness is significant. How would this process have looked if we were all operating from a well-informed stigma-free attitude toward mental illness?
CONNECT Summit County presented our findings to the Summit County Council during the public meeting.