Good physical health care and mental health care go hand-in-hand. The state of Utah supports Health Safety Net providers to help assure that individuals without insurance or without adequate affordable coverage have health care options. See the attached maps for participating clinics. Contact individual clinics for specific information on qualification, co-pays, enrollment, etc.
WRAP is a self-designed plan that teaches you how to keep yourself well, to identify and monitor your symptoms and to use simple, safe, personal skills, supports, and strategies to reduce or eliminate symptoms. It is not meant to replace, but to complement, professional health support and medications, though in more and more cases people are able to shift the balance of care to this self-management approach over time. --Mary Ellen Copeland, MS, MA
The Whole Health Initiative Project came out of discussions held within the “GAP” group—a group of community partners seeking to find and fill the “gaps” within the mental health care system. The project was developed in order to integrate mental health and physical health care in a single setting and to deliver behavioral healthcare services in an innovative, cost-effective manner. Intermountain Healthcare has provided the model, training and the materials for this project, which has been funded by multiple community partners.
Accessing mental health care is a focus of NAMI Utah. However, helping people with serious mental illness access health care is also a critical need. People with serious mental illness in Utah lose almost three decades of life (27 years on average) due to lack of treatment and availability of services compared to the general population of the state. Specialty mental health providers often have difficulty providing adequate medical care to consumers with co-existing mental and physical illnesses. One solution to this problem is to treat both health and mental health in an integrated manner in a primary care setting. This concept is referred to as “Mental Health Integration.”
The NAMIWalks is the key that can open the door for consumer and family advocates. The walk is designed to raise awareness about mental illness, to increase community education and reach out to new families and individuals living with mental illness, and to support local NAMI affiliates to build a larger NAMI community. The NAMIWalks is our yearly signature fundraising event. Please join us in celebration of hope and recovery for those less fortunate than ourselves.
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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.