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Mental Health

If you are concerned about an individual in crisis, please refer to our crisis support webpage

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Click any of the following images for detailed information from government sponsored mental health agencies

National Alliance on mental illness  Substance abuse and mental health services  mentalhealth.gov

As individuals seek an understanding of mental health, it's essential to remember that mental health – how a person thinks, feels, and behaves – is incredibly complex. How an individual thinks, feels, and behaves is best understood as a combination of biological (i.e. hormones, neurotransmitters, genetics, etc.), social (i.e. family, environment, peers), and psychological (i.e. thoughts, perspectives, beliefs, etc.) factors interacting in unique ways.

Because of the complexity of mental health, effective treatments for mental illness often target a combination of factors and the process may take time to find the right treatment for each individual. Mental health treatments can include medication (which generally targets biological factors) and/or counseling (which generally targets psychological and social factors) and there are hundreds of different types of treatments beyond counseling and medication.

The most important thing to keep in mind regarding mental health is that there are a variety of effective treatments and an individual's mental health does improve with the right treatment. 

 

NAMI-Utah offers FREE courses designed to provide education on mental health and normalization of symptoms which are led by persons with lived mental health experience. These classes take place at Primary Children's Wasatch Canyons Campus in Taylorsville.

  • Progressions is a FREE course designed for the adolescent experiencing mild/moderate behavioral health symptoms, click here for a flyer or visit the NAMI-Utah website at the link above.
  • Basics is a FREE course designed for the family or caregiver of a child/adolescent experiencing behavioral health symptoms, click here for a flyer or visit the NAMI-Utah website at the link above.

Community Mental Health Treatment Resources

Mental Health Resources Handout PDF

Salt Lake County Youth Services
Salt Lake County Youth Services provides a number of community resources including  after-school programs, prevention education, counseling, substance abuse prevention and support, as well as group homes and resources for homeless youth. Salt Lake County also provides immediately available, free crisis therapy by phone or in person at the Juvenile Receiving Center. Youth may come to a Juvenile Receiving Centers (JRC) on their own or parents may bring youth in for a break, respite, or individual/family crisis counseling.

  • Salt Lake JRC: 177 W Price Avenue, South Salt Lake: Open 24/7 – (385) 468-4500
  • West Jordan JRC: 8781 South Redwood Rd. Building # 3, West Jordan: Open Monday-Friday 8 AM to 8 PM – 385-468-4610

Valley Behavioral Health
Valley Behavioral Health provides counseling services throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Patrons of Jordan School District can call 801-284-4990 and identify themselves as being from Jordan School District. The receptionists at that number will gather information and set an appointment ASAP with a therapist with urgency and location a consideration. Valley Behavioral Health has several locations around the valley enabling the caller to get an appointment as soon as possible with the therapist and location nearest them. The cost for uninsured individuals will be on a sliding scale based on income.

The Optum Care Advocates (for individuals with Medicaid) can be reached by calling (877) 370-8953, and pressing 3. Individuals with Optum coverage can also search for mental health and substance abuse service providers throughout Salt Lake County at this link

List of Area Private Mental Health Therapists and Counselors PDF
Our partners at Hope4Utah have compiled a running list of the mental health providers that service our communities. This list is constantly being updated and the link above will connect you to the most recent version. This list includes information on specialties, insurance coverage, and credentials for each private agency.

Your family doctor can also be a resource for providing access to mental health treatments.