Hope for Tomorrow is a Mental Health Education Program which brings together the combined efforts and insights of mental health professionals, educators, and other experts to help parents, teachers, students and communities understand mental illness—a crucial step to improving the lives of those affected by it.
We are seeking volunteers from all areas of the state who are interested in educating our youth about mental health.
The program consists of a program manual, 3-segment video/DVD, and supplemental CD-Rom. Components include: In-class discussion guides, video interviews with young people, parents, and professionals, Parents & Teachers as Allies a teacher in-service, parent community forums, mental health tips of the day, lunchtime forums, anonymous student box, bulletin boards and posters.
The Hope for Tomorrow Program was developed by parents, students, educators, school administrators, the Utah PTA, the State Office of Education, and the Department of Pediatrics and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Utah. Hope for Tomorrow has undergone an evaluation where preliminary data show that after participation in the program, there is an increase in student help-seeking behavior.
For more information contact NAMI Utah at 801-323-9900 or toll free 1-877-230-6264.
New Mental Health Lesson Plan in the PD Curriculum: Prevention Dimensions is a PK-12 program to encourage Safe and Drug-free Schools and Communities, visit them on the web at www.utahpd.org
Please also explore our Online Resources for web links related to these topics.
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.