CONNECT Summit County puts the public in touch with Mental Health Awareness Month events
CONNECT Summit County, a local organization that raises awareness about mental health, will kick off Mental Health Awareness Month on Wednesday with a wellness wheel discussion. (See accompanying story).
The event is only one of 12 events, which include five screenings that are part of the Brainstorm Film Festival, that the nonprofit has planned throughout the month, said acting executive director Sheri Fisher.
She came up with the schedule while working with a committee that included practitioners, providers, volunteers and Lynn Rutan, a co-founder of CONNECT Summit County.
“I went through a bunch of different topics, and we looked what we thought was the most prevalent topics that we would like to cover in the 2019 year, including Mental Health Awareness Month,” Fisher said.
All events are free and open to the public.
“That’s part of our mission,” Fisher said “We want everybody to come and participate in these events.”
Below is the schedule for Mental Health Awareness Month events:
• Wednesday, May 1 — Wellness Wheel: Exploring Integrative Options for Mental Wellness, 6:30 p.m. at Park City Community Church. 4501 N. S.R. 224. CONNECT’s kickoff event will include a presentation and Q&A on complementary approaches to mental health. Four panelists will represent the four sections of the Wellness Wheel (Physical, Mental/Emotional, Social and Spiritual) and local psychiatrist Dr. Melissa Lopez-Larson will facilitate the event.
• Thursday, May 2 — Ask Me Anything Night, 6:30 p.m. at Hyatt Place Park City, 4377 N. S.R. 224. A panel of Summit County high school students will share their struggles with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and more in this interactive and vulnerable discussion. Ollie Wilder from the Park City Communication Foundation will be the moderator.
• Monday, May 6 — Building Communication Between Parents and Their Children, 5:30 p.m. at the Christian Center of Park City, 1283 Deer Valley Drive. The presentation will provide parents and their children an opportunity to practice a variety of listening and speaking skills to use when communicating as well as tips on how to improve dialogue and engagement. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Note: This presentation will be in Spanish.
• Tuesday, May 7 — How to Be the Perfect Parent, 6:30 p.m. at the Blair Education Center at the Park City Hospital, 900 Round Valley Rd. at Quinn’s Junction. Dr. Brad Reedy will present an evening of humor and discussion as he gives parents tools for developing a healthy sense of self in their children.
• Wednesday, May 8 – QPR—Question, Persuade and Refer, 6 p.m. at the South Summit County Services Building, 110 N. Main St. in Kamas and at the Summit County Library Coalville Branch, 82 N. 50 East. These simultaneous sessions will introduce three simple steps that can help save a life from suicide. Training will be provided respectively by Shelley Worley and Alyssa Mitchell from the Summit County Health Department. Light refreshments will be served.
• Wednesday, May 22 — Images of Resilience, 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave. Summit County artists will present a special exhibit that showcases stories of resilience. University of Utah’s professor of psychiatry Dr. Scott Langenecker will share how resilience can be learned, cultivated and strengthened. There will also be an area for adults and children to create art.
CONNECT is seeking local art submissions for this event, Fisher said.
“Summit County residents ages 12 and older can digitally submit original photographs or original two-dimensional art that show how they feel resilient,” she said. “We would love to get a whole bunch of art for this, because during Dr. Langenecker’s presentation we will show the art we receive. It would be great to have a hundred different images to show.”
Deadline is May 10. Submissions can be made by visiting connectsummitcounty.org.
In addition to the discussions, CONNECT Summit County will interweave film screenings that will compose the Brainstorm Film Festival.
“We have a group of dedicated volunteers who have been working hard to come up with a lineup of interesting films for the month,” Fisher said. “They screened and researched a bunch of films and came up with the five top choices.”
The screenings will be held in the Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium, 1255 Park Ave. The schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, May 9 — “Beautiful Boy,” rated R, 7 p.m. “Beautiful Boy” is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff. The film, starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, chronicles the experience of survival, relapse and recovery in a family coping with addiction. A post-screening panel will feature Summit County Drug Court director Roy Park and detectives Felicia Sotelo and Andy Crnich. The screening will be presented in partnership with Park City Film.
• Tuesday, May 14 — “The S Word,” not rated, 6:30 p.m. “The S Word” is a documentary that follows a suicide attempt survivor who is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of courage, insight and humor. Along the way, she discovers a rising national movement transforming personal struggles into action. PCTV host Christine Napier will moderate a post-screening discussion with the film’s director Lisa Klein.
• Thursday, May 16 — “Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey,” 6:30 p.m. This award-winning documentary shares a fresh perspective on the many ways we successfully navigate through grief or help others along their journey. Filmmaker Kathy Sparnins will join a post-screening panel to present more information.
• Sunday, May 19 — “Inside Out,” 2 p.m. Viewers will join young Riley as she navigates a new city, house and school in this award-winning animated film for the whole family. There will be free goodies for children.
• Wednesday, May 29 — “Happy,” 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to join CONNECT for this documentary that explores human happiness through interviews with people from 14 different countries. A panel discussion moderated by KPCW’s Lynn Ware Peek on the meaning of happiness will follow.
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