Park City School District is proud to support CONNECT as its hosts a month of events in throughout Summit County focused on mental health awareness. May is national Mental Health Awareness Month and CONNECT has 18 events planned on topics such as mindfulness, social media wellness, opioid epidemic, aging, depression, and eating disorders.
CONNECT is a grassroots, non profit community advocacy organization that brings together residents who are concerned about mental health issues facing our community and who want to see improved mental health services with greater accessibility in the county.
Wednesday, May 2, Park City High students will take part in “Ask Me Anything Night,” a question/answer session beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium. Pizza and dessert will be served. Those taking part in the interactive, cross-narrative discussion representatives from CONNECT, Park City Library Teen Advisory Board, Latinos in Action, iMPACt/Park City High Hope Squad, and the PCSH Gay-Straight Alliance. Student speakers, who also presented at Tedx Youth Park City, include: Piper Moeller: What Does a Drug Addict Look Like; Saide Ortiz: Battling Cultural Stereotypes; Natalie Fink: A Piece of my Soul; and Lexi Laufer: Let People Love.
Thursday, May 3, features “Social Media Wellness: Understanding the Intersection of School, Stress, and Social Media.” Author and national social media expert Ana Homayoun will discuss how to better understand the new world of social media socialization and offer practical tips on how making better choices around social media use and overall wellness. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Park City Librarys Jim Santy Auditorium.
Monday, May 14, Park City School District is partnering with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Communities That Care to host “Front Line and Blue Line: Parents and Police Working Together.” The event begins at 6 p.m. at Ecker Hill Middle School and is open to parents. Sheriff Justin Martinez will address school safety, Lt. Greg Winterton will talk to parents about drugs and harmful substances, and Sgt. Ronald Bridge will talk about electronics and the Internet. Following the speakers, community resource booths will be available to parents. Free childcare will be available for children ages 4-11, and students will receive an incentive if their parents/guardians attend.
For a complete calendar of mental health events in May click here