ST. GEORGE — A recent report has listed Utah as being consistently higher than the national average when it comes to mental health problems, both in adolescents and adults. Fortunately for Southern Utah, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Southwest Utah affiliate will be offering its fall session of free classes and support groups starting Tuesday.
According to the Behavioral Health Barometer: Utah, Vol. 4 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, while Utah has ranked lower than the national average for substance abuse issues from 2011-2015 (the most recent data available), the levels of major depressive episodes among adolescents and both serious mental illness and serious thoughts of suicide among adults have been higher.
The report also indicates the majority of those suffering are not seeking help. Of those adolescents reporting having experienced major depressive episodes, 39.6 percent also reported receiving treatment in the previous year, and 43.6 percent of adults reporting any mental illness received treatment.
View the full SAMSA report here.
As previously reported at St. George News, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has been committed to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illnesses through education, support and advocacy since 1977. The organization’s support and public education efforts are focused on educating communities about mental illnesses, offering resources to those in need and creating awareness helping to promote a promise of recovery to those affected.
As part of those efforts, NAMI-Southwest Utah will offer Family-to-Family classes and support groups, as well as Peer-to-Peer classes free to the community.
Family-to-Family classes offer a variety of topics to assist families in learning more about supporting a loved one struggling with mental illness. Peer-to-Peer classes are intended to help those who have a mental illness learn that recovery is possible. Both groups are run by trained individuals who have “been there.”
Programs include presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Everything is kept confidential, and even though resources and information will be offered, NAMI will never recommend a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.
- For the Family-to-Family weekly curriculum, click here.
- For the Peer-to-Peer weekly curriculum, click here.
Both Family-to-Family and Peer-to-Peer classes meet at the Washington County Library at 88 W. 100 South in St. George Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in separate rooms: Family-to-Family in Community Room B and Peer-to-Peer in the Conference Room. Classes start Sept. 7 and run through January 2018.
The separate Family-to-Family support group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the library’s Community Room B. The first support group will take place Sept. 5.
Course reservations are not mandatory; however, to ensure that all attendees are provided course materials, including class notebooks, reservations are preferred. For additional information, contact program director Pam Connors at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-331-0711.
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