Mental Health & Substance Abuse
The Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance is a community coalition of government entities, nonprofits, private businesses and citizens working to enhance the quality of life for all Summit County residents by improving community awareness of mental health & substance abuse, increasing access to effective treatment, and increasing effective prevention efforts.
To learn more, please contact the Summit County Health Department, or click below to join our mailing list.
Community QPR Trainings
The Summit County Health Department & the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance are proud to offer monthly QPR training for our community throughout the remainder of 2018. Anyone 13 years and older is welcome to attend. Learn how to recognize if someone you know is struggling and be equipped with the tools to have a conversation and refer them to help.
What is QPR?
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.
Gatekeepers can be anyone but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.
As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:
- Recognize the warning signs of suicide
- Know how to offer hope
- Know how to get help and save a life
View a list of our upcoming Community QPR Trainings below
For a searchable calendar of all Summit County Health Department events (including mental health and substance abuse):
To submit your own mental health and substance abuse-related event:
News and updates
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Our Strategic Plan
The Summit County Mental Wellness Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan) is the result of an eleven-month community initiative to identify and address issues of mental health & substance abuse in Summit County. Recognizing that Utah has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the United States (23.4%1) and that an immediate need exists within our community, both the Summit County Council and the Park City Council have recognized this as a key priority in their 2017 Goals. Through the use of community surveys, focus groups, and the creation of a community-based coalition centered on mental health & substance abuse; the following strategic plan is presented to the community as a means of enhancing the quality of life for all Summit County residents, regardless of mental health or substance abuse concerns.
Expand community access to mental health & substance abuse programs and services in Summit County.
Increase prevention and education around mental health & substance abuse in Summit County.
Ensure success and sustainability of mental health & substance abuse programs and services in Summit County.
Establish systems to support life during recovery and reintegration into the community.
Ensure equity of mental health & substance abuse programs and services for Latino Community members.