THE STATE YOUTH COUNCIL
A DIVISION OF THE UTAH FAMILY COALITION
The State Youth Council is made up of youth who have experience with mental health services and want to make a difference through advocacy.
The State youth Council meets once a month, and is open to any youth ages 15-25 that want to participate in planning events, learning more about recovery and want to make a change for other youth with mental health concerns.
Youth Council is held the first Tuesday of every month from 3:45-5:30 pm
At the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
195 North 1950 West SLC UT
If you have any questions feel free to contact:
WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON NOW
As a part of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness month, The Utah Family Coalition and its Youth Advisory Board are holding a backpack design contest.
The first place winner selected will work with a graphic designer to have their design made into a logo. This logo will be printed on drawstring backpacks that will be distributed at our awareness event in May. This year’s theme is ‘Strike out the Stigma.’ We will also give prizes for the top 10 entries as well.
Anyone can enter this contest as long as they are under the age of 26 years old and want to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.
Submissions are Due April 1st
Click HERE to download the flyer.
Click HERE to download the submission form.
Contact Michelle if you have any questions:
Chill on the Hill
The youth council designed buttons that were passed out at NAMI/USARA’s Chill on the Hill Event. This is our final design:
YOUTH RECOVERY ART SHOW
at the Rio Grande art Gallery
The State Youth Council spent 3 months working on different types of art that show their perspectives of recovery. They opened up this event to youth statewide, with any relation to recovery. 43 youth from around Utah, ages 12-28 participated in this event. The State Youth Council also held an open house for the community to come participate in.
We all need nutrition to support our bodies. A poor diet equals poor health, contributing to obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes - conditions that many people living with mental illness are at a high risk of developing. Nutrition is important for everyone. If you are living with mental illness, eating well is especially important for you, because what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. Healthy eating is not about being thin or deprivation. Healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy, participating in your recovery and mapping out your future. Simply put, healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to improve wellness. Dietary guidelines set by the USDA state that a healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products. A healthy diet should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Be sure to limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Lear more about the U.S. government's guidlelines by reveiwing the food pyramid: mypyramid.gov.