Reduce the stigma of mental health issues

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News4Utah – 5/25/2018 – The month of May is dedicated to raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health issues in our community. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about resources available.

The manager of recovery and resiliency for Optum Salt Lake County, Julie Hardle joined us to discuss people living with mental illness and acts as a voice for those who haven’t yet reached the point where they are able to speak for themselves.

Julie draws on her personal experience living in long-term recovery to help others by raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental illness and substance use issues.

Julie has also has helped train hundreds of people throughout the Salt Lake area in Mental Health First Aid. Optum manages mental health and substance use services for Salt Lake County through a contract with the Division of Behavioral Health Services.

We discussed the following issues: 

* What is Mental Health Awareness Month all about?

* How do mental health issues impact people here in the Salt Lake community?

* What kinds of services and support are available in Salt Lake County?

* What is Mental Health First Aid training?

* Who can benefit from this kind of training?

* How can people sign up to take a Mental Health First Aid course?

You can reach out to the Salt Lake County Crisis Line: (801) 587-3000

You can Sign up for mental health first aid Julie.Hardle@Optum.com

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