May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Approximately one in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions and estimates suggest that only half of people with mental illnesses receive treatment.
This May, the Department of Pschiatry is pleased to partner with CONNECT, a community advocacy organization, in an effort to help raise awareness of mental health, fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people with the goal of building public understanding and recognition of brain and behavioral health and its importance to overall health and wellness.

CONNECT will be hosting several community educational events throughout the month of May, including the Brain Storm Film Festival and presentations by professionals in the mental health community. Please visit CONNECT's website or Facebook page for event details. Or download the PDF at the right for a complete listing. 

The Department of Psychiatry is celebrating its 70th Anniversary with a research showcase and talks by Department faculty which will be held on Thursday, May 31, in Park City. The event, “70 Years of Healthy Minds: Current Research on Brain and Behavioral Health,” will feature the actual scientists who are participating in the cutting edge research. Bring your questions and your curiosity. The event is free and open to the public, however space is limited. Please RSVP so we may accommodate all who wish to attend.

"70 Years of Healthy Minds: Current Research on Brain and Behavioral Health" 
70th Anniversary Celebration with research showcase and talks

Thursday, May 31, 2018
6:30 pm Reception (with refreshments)
7:00 pm Presentations

Sheldon Richens Building Auditorium
1885 W. Ute Boulevard
Park City, UT

Research Showcase Topics

  • The Association between Age of Onset and Total Lifetime Use of Marijuana in Adolescents
  • Bipolar Adolescents with Suicide Attempts
  • The Association between Aggression, Impulsivity, and Suicidal Behaviors in Female Compared to Male Veterans
  • Proton Brain GABA in Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • A History of Concussion Predicts Brain Chemistry Changes in NCAA Division I College Athletes
  • Sensation Seeking Behavior in Marijuana Using Adolescents
  • Population Epidemiology of Suicide Risk
  • Genome-wide Association Study of Suicide
  • Familial Genetic Risk of Suicide Using Extended Genealogical Data
  • Overlap of Autism and Suicide Risk Genetics of Suicide Overview
  • Opioids and Major Depression
  • Cognitive Control Connectivity Specifically Predicts Executive Functioning Among Healthy Older Adults


CONNECT is a grassroots, non-profit community advocacy organization dedicated to creating a well-informed and stigma-free community with access to mental health services for all.



We invite you to download the calendar of events PDF for CONNECT's 2018 May Mental Health Awareness Month. More information on each event can be found on their website's calendar of events. We look forward to seeing you in May!


For more information:
Anne Asman