FREE Mental Health Classes Available Now

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Utah’s mission is to ensure the dignity and improve the lives of those who live with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy. Check out the FREE mental health classes Nami is offering. Learn more about improving your mental health. NAMI Utah County FREE Programs Connections Support Group – Twice monthly for individuals … Continue reading FREE Mental Health Classes Available Now

Tobacco policy and vaping updates 2020

We are entering an exciting time of the year where there is great potential for change in the field of tobacco and drug prevention, especially when talking about preventing use among our youth population. The Utah State Legislative Session begins January 27th and ends March 12th. During this time, the Utah State Legislature has the opportunity to pass many bills, but the ones that we … Continue reading Tobacco policy and vaping updates 2020

Utah Alcohol Policy Summit Review

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Utah Alcohol Policy Summit! Below are the PowerPoints that have been submitted by our speakers. 2019 Alcohol Policy Summit Steve Schmidt UT Alcohol Policy Summit 10.18.19 The goals and challenges for alcohol policy and regulation today are very similar to those the country faced when prohibition of alcohol ended: preventing harms related to public health and safety; responsibly … Continue reading Utah Alcohol Policy Summit Review

Easy Steps for Tough Conversations with Kids

Starting a conversation about drugs with children can be difficult and awkward. However, communication between parents and children about this difficult topic is one of the most important protective and preventative factors. Below, we have a few easy steps for tough conversations with kids to get you started. It may seem early, but starting these conversations with elementary school children is appropriate. Youth can experiment … Continue reading Easy Steps for Tough Conversations with Kids

Alpine School District DPC Partnership

Alpine School District (ASD) is the largest school district in Utah, serving over 80,000 Utah County students. The goal of ASD is to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to lead happy, productive lives. Ensuring students understand the risks of substance abuse and then helping them gain skills and dispositions (like communication and resiliency) to successfully resist drug and alcohol misuse is … Continue reading Alpine School District DPC Partnership

Defend Your Mental Health

Depression, anxiety, or just chronically not feeling good affects a lot of people. It can be difficult to cope with negative feelings. There are many things you can do to support good mental health, including healthy hobbies, healthy coping strategies and increasing resilience. One way to defend your mental health is choosing realistic, positive thoughts. It’s not about telling yourself everything is rainbows and butterflies. … Continue reading Defend Your Mental Health

Protect Your Teen’s Mental Health

Teens today face a lot of challenges. When teens are struggling, they are more likely to make poor choices that will affect their future negatively. This can include misusing drugs and alcohol. On the other hand, when a teen feels good, they thrive! As parent’s, grandparents, teachers and mentors, you can do a lot to help protect your teen’s mental health against some of those … Continue reading Protect Your Teen’s Mental Health

Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s

Managing difficult emotions can be challenging. When you become overwhelmed by sadness, worry, or anger, there are some things you can do to help you get through that moment. One strategy is called the Four A’s. This simple tool can help in many different situations. Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s Lynda Silva, Ph.D. Awareness Try to notice the emotion when it is just … Continue reading Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s

Understanding The Signs of Stress

According to the Oxford Dictionary, stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Though we typically talk about stress negatively, not all stress is bad. Eu-stress, or good stress, is stress from positive things. Like going to a party for example, may be fun and exciting, but it can still cause strain on energy levels, … Continue reading Understanding The Signs of Stress

Healthy Coping Strategies for Kids and Adults

Practicing healthy coping strategies both for kids and adults affects every aspect of well being. They help us navigate difficult situations effectively, reduce stress and help us have more joy in life. There are lots of healthy ways to cope with stress. Below are some suggestions for things you can try:  Emotional Coping Strategies for Kids and Adults  Consistently do activities that make you happy  … Continue reading Healthy Coping Strategies for Kids and Adults