Everyday Strong: Feeling Safe, Connected, Competent

A friend of mine who lives in Provo was telling me about a meltdown her 7-year-old daughter experienced this week. Her husband was playing a game with their younger son when their daughter started to scream about how he wasn’t playing with her. Her husband’s first response was to try to reason with her about how he’d played with her earlier, but she kept getting … Continue reading Everyday Strong: Feeling Safe, Connected, Competent

SafeUT app: It’s not just for suicide prevention!

Kids today deal with so much. How can they cope with everything with which they are confronted? There are options. A great tool that was created for youth today is the SafeUT app. This app is available 24/7, it’s 100% confidential and always free. Most people think of it in connection with suicide prevention, but that’s definitely not it’s only purpose. This app was designed … Continue reading SafeUT app: It’s not just for suicide prevention!

Opioid Prevention Policies in Utah

Good Samaritan Law (House Bill 11) This law enables bystanders to report an overdose without fear of criminal prosecution for illegal possession of a controlled substance or illicit drug. Naloxone Law (House Bill 119) This law permits physicians to prescribe naloxone to third parties (someone who is usually a caregiver or a potential bystander to a person at risk for an overdose) and permits individuals … Continue reading Opioid Prevention Policies in Utah

How to Do Yoga for Stress Management

When life gets stressful self-care can get pushed to the back burner. However, the less we care for ourselves, the less we’ll have to give. Yoga for stress management is a simple and free way to manage stress that anyone can do. It can be as simple as breathing exercises all the way up to complicated, challenging poses. What’s important is to connect your mind … Continue reading How to Do Yoga for Stress Management

Easy Ways to Improve Opioid Safety

Guidelines to Help Protect You and Your Family Opioids are often prescribed after surgery to help relieve pain. Below are some simple ways you can improve opioid safety. 1. Talk With Your Doctor If you have been prescribed an opioid, talk with your doctor about the risks and if possible, discuss alternatives to opioids. There are other ways to treat pain that are often more … Continue reading Easy Ways to Improve Opioid Safety

You Can Break Down Stigma

People with medical conditions need a supportive network to help them recover. Substance use disorder is just as much a valid condition as someone who is recovering from cancer. Any chronic medical condition requires support from a recovery community. Unfortunately, not all health conditions receive the same level of support. People with a substance use disorder can experience social isolation, stigma, and shaming, all of … Continue reading You Can Break Down Stigma

Staying Social During Social Distancing

Stuck at home to avoid COVID-19? During self-imposed or government regulated social distancing, many individuals and families are finding themselves spending the majority of their days inside. Keep stress at bay and enjoy this rare occasion to stay at home with these 13 fun ideas. Be creative and adapt the activities to suit kids, teens, adults and more! Fun social distancing ideas: 1. Try the … Continue reading Staying Social During Social Distancing

Encircle, and LGBTQ+ Youth and Family Resource

Encircle is a resource center created to bring the family and community together to enable LGBTQ+ youth to thrive. Many LGBTQ+ individuals manifest symptoms of mental illness that they may not have otherwise expressed if it hadn’t been for the societal stigma and shame regarding queer identity. Unfortunately, in the state of Utah, we have one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. It is the … Continue reading Encircle, and LGBTQ+ Youth and Family Resource

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