Progression is a course focusing on young people between the ages of 13 and 18 who are dealing with mental health issues. The name, Progression, alludes to its purpose of empowering young people with information and tools to advance towards their dreams and goals.
Topics include information about mental health issues, resiliency and recovery, supports and allies, self advocacy, transition issues and much more. This is a chance for young people to gather and learn about these issues from those that have been there.
Progression is planning on expanding statewide and is currently held in the following areas of the state:
Salt Lake County
To find out more or to sign up for classes, please contact NAMI Utah at (801) 323-9900.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has launched StrengthofUs.org, a new online community where young adults living with mental health concerns can provide mutual support in navigating unique challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18 to 25. Developed by young adults, StrengthofUs.org is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers; share personal stories, creativity, and helpful resources; write and respond to blog entries; engage in discussion groups; and share videos, photos, and other news. For more information go to http://www.strengthofus.org
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.