CONNECT Summit County is hosting its First Annual Utah State of Mind, February 22 – 24. 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 data 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 are excited to share with you our analysis as well as bring together Meeting of the Minds on specific policy-specific topics such as school-based mental wellness, alternative treatments for mental health, the implication of housing on recovery, and exploration of mental health impacts on businesses. We will wrap up our symposium by attending the Summit County Council Meeting and presenting our Mental Health Attitudes and Access Survey Report. Wednesday, February 24, 6 – 8 pm 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 effort 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 will present our findings to the Summit County Council during the public meeting. We also encourage everyone to share this information with your elected officials. A list of Summit County officials and contact information will be provided.