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Connect Summit County Bringing Free Events As Part Of Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the organization Connect Park City will be presenting a host of events.

Sherie Fisher, the acting Executive Director of Connect, said the events are all free and most take place in the Park City area.

The kick-off event on Wednesday, May 1st, is the Wellness Wheel, to be held at the Park City Community Church, near the Blue Roof intersection on Highway 224.

“This is where Dr. Melissa Lopez Larson is going to be doing a presentation. We are going to have four presenters there. One is a chiropractor; one specializes in sleep disorders. We also have somebody who's going to be talking about different support groups and how that helps with mental wellness. So, what we're trying to do is talk about how we have western medicines, but we also like to compliment that with different modalities to help with mental wellness. There will be vendor tables there. We will have the presentation; we’ll have panelists so we can ask questions. It's just a way to really help balance how we deal with mental illness and create mental wellness.”

On Thursday night, the Hyatt Hotel on 224 will host Ask Me Anything.

“We premiered this last year and it was one of our most popular events. We have a panel of high school students from all across Summit County who will be talking about different issues that people have questions about. Ollie Wilder from the Park City Community Foundation is going to be our moderator. So if you're interested in what teens and youth are thinking right now, this will be your event to come and ask your questions.”

Fisher said that an event on the 6th, at the Christian Center, will be conducted in Spanish.

“The Latino affairs committee from the Mental Wellness Alliance is putting this on. Veronica Fajardo from the Peace House is going to be giving this presentation. They did something similar to this in late November and it was extremely popular. They’re going to be serving pizza so that people can come and actually have a meal there as they're getting this. It's about communication between parents and their children.”

Fisher says that they’re distributing the information about that event through the committee members and their organizations as well as the Park City School District.

On May 7th, Dr. Brad Reedy returns to town for a talk, at the Blair Education Center, near the Park City Hospital.

“We are Co-sponsoring this with the Mental Wellness Alliance and he is on their speaker series this year. So, you probably have heard of him talking in September. He's also been around in February and what we found is he's extremely popular. He's funny, he has a lot of knowledge, he has a lot of personal experience, and he’s humble. He shares funny stories and talks about how we as parents can work better with our teens as we're working on our own issues.”

On the 8th, the suicide prevention training program called “QPR” will be presented in the East County. The title stands for Question, Persuade, Refer.

“It's similar to what we do with CPR. It's sort of like, what can you do in an emergency, if you hear of somebody having suicide ideations or they're depressed. It's to give you a brief training on how you can help get them to the professionals that they need.”

Fisher says the short and powerful training will be offered at 6:00 at the South Summit Service Building and at the same time at the Coalville Library Conference.

On the 9th, they’re screening the first in their Brainstorm Film Festival.

“We are co-sponsoring that with Park City film and that is going to be ‘Beautiful Boy’. That's the story of David and Nic Sheff. They were both here speaking as part of Park City institutes lineup last December. Beautiful boy is their story about addiction and recovery. We are proud to be bringing in this film ‘Beautiful Boy’ and we will also have a panel there that will be talking about addiction. The panel they are all people from our community and so I do think that's going to be a really powerful program.”

The entire month’s schedule can be found here.

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