NAMI Utah is a partner in the Utah Family Coalition, which jointly participates in the Family Resource Facilitator project. The Family Resource Facilitator Project Vision: “To transform the child and adolescent mental health and substance abuse services by placing the youth and his/her family at the heart of any and all treatment and service options.” This will be accomplished by FRFs providing assistance to families and youth in accessing appropriate mental health services within their communities and to develop a meaningful, educated and authentic voice for policy change and advocacy.
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.