This grass roots non profit provides the valuable service of CONNECT(ing) those in need of mental health services to the resources they need. This is a great example of two people igniting a movement in a area that is desperately undeserved. This could prove to be great model for other communities to follow. Thank you CONNECT Summit County!
For such a small county, we have great BH (Behavioral Health) and SUD (Substance Use Disorder) needs. This is where CONNECT comes in! Helping our community and all it offers to CONNECT with each other. A wonderful group of dedicated community members collaborating to offer this community a need that has not yet been met! Check out their web-site and learn more about this great group!
CONNECT is an amazing non-profit organization that is making a huge impact on raising awareness for mental health issues in our community. The group is composed of dedicated family members, loved ones, and friends of those struggling with mental health issues. Mental health service providers, community organization leaders, and people not directly affected by mental illness are also members of CONNECT. Within months of formation, CONNECT was able to sponsor several events for Mental Health Awareness Month in May 2016. More events have taken place since then and more are planned. I'm very grateful to be serving with such talented & dedicated people! Please explore the amazing CONNECT website at http://connectsummitcounty.org
CONNECT Summit County has changed the course of my life. CONNECT was formed very quickly by a group of individuals from Park City, Utah who had become concerned about the way mental health services were being offered in Summit County and the stigma surrounding mental illness. The group mobilized and drew approximately 1000 people to its May Mental Health Month events, launched a website, created a parents roundtable, and began collaborations with area health organizations including the Summit County Health Department, Valley Behavioral Health, and the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry. Going forward, the group is planning several community events, including a diverse set of events for May 2017 Mental Health Awareness Month. The board is well composed, energetic, and passionate about the cause.
I have been very impressed by the energy, commitment and expertise of the Connect team of volunteers. Within a couple of months of its creation, Connect produced over twenty events in Summit County during Mental Health Awareness Month in May 2016--film screenings, panel discussions, presentations, etc.
Connect's new website has just gone live. The website features a directory of mental health services available to residents of Summit County--the first such directory for Summit County. Connect also recently formed a Parents's Round Table to work with the schools in addressing the mental health challenges facing our children.
Connect will also actively participate in the upcoming community-wide initiative to develop an implementation plan to effectively address Summit County's mental health challenges. (Ed Rutan, president and board member)
CONNECT is a group of neighbors who came together only a year ago, and have already created so much change in our community.
CONNECT brings together Summit County, Utah, residents who are concerned about mental health issues facing our community. We are family members, loved ones and friends of people struggling with mental illness. We are mental health service providers in Summit County. And we are people not directly affected by mental illness who recognize the serious challenge facing our community. All of us want to see improved mental health services with greater accessibility in Summit County.
The passion, energy and commitment of the people behind this group has been astounding.
For such a new organization just begun in early 2016, I have been to impressed with the speed, commitment, knowledge, expertise, and passion that CONNECT Summit County has mustered in such a short time. They are championing an issue whose time has come, and they are doing a great job of bringing together everyone in the community with a stake and an interest. I expect that we will see great things from them in the coming years, and that their efforts will touch many lives.