Healthy Mind Matters Resource Guide

Jul 16, 2018, 2:57 PM | Updated: Dec 30, 2022, 11:43 am



MENTAL HEALTH While it is important to focus on your physical health – it is equally important to look after your health of your mind. Behavioral health problems can also manifest in physical symptoms. The goal towards wellness includes mind, body and soul. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S experiences mental illness in a given year.

It’s a serious issue that costs America $193 billion in lost earnings annually, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Bring up any questions you have to your family doctor, they can be a great resource of help.


Anxiety is a normal part of life. But anxiety disorders are different from everyday worries. These disorders include: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Panic disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also called social phobia Although the cause of anxiety disorders is uncertain, there are steps you can take to reduce the impact of symptoms and prevent anxiety attacks.

These steps include:
– Asking your healthcare provider for help early
– Learning to carefully manage your time and energy to reduce stress
– Getting enough sleep and exercising regularly
– Keeping a journal to understand what triggers your anxiety
– Avoiding substances like alcohol, drugs, caffeine, and nicotine


Depression is a common mental illness that impacts a person’s feelings, thoughts, behavior, and quality of life. More than 15 million Americans suffer from depression. It is estimated that at least one in six people will suffer from depression or a related illness at least once in their lifetime, meaning it is likely that either you or a loved one may face this challenge at some point.

Depression can be overwhelming to face alone. However, by recognizing the signs and understanding the side effects, you will be more able to recognize this behavioral condition in yourself and others and seek help from your healthcare team. Many of the signs and symptoms of depression may indicate temporary sadness or setback; however, when three or more of the symptoms persist for two or more weeks, you should consult with your doctor. Ongoing and lingering feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness are among the most common symptoms, often accompanied by a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy. If you suffer from depression you may notice a change in your sleep patterns, experiencing difficulty sleeping or oversleeping more than usual. Those struggling with depression may feel guilty, worthless, and helpless, and have difficulty concentrating on tasks, remembering things, or making decisions.

The most serious sign of depression is thoughts of death or suicide. If you are someone you know has made suicide attempts or is contemplating suicide, seek professional medical help immediately.


Suicide affects the lives of hundreds of families from the Intermountain West each year. Know the signs that someone is at risk for suicide, and get help if you experience them or see them in someone else. Help is available 24 hours a day—see the resource list on the back of this handout. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline lists these signs that someone is at risk:
– Withdrawing from friends, family, or society
– Feeling anxious or agitated, being unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time
– Experiencing dramatic mood changes
– Talking about wanting to hurt or kill one’s self
– Looking for ways to kill one’s self by seeking access to firearms (guns), pills, or other means
– Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
– Feeling hopeless
– Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger—or seeking revenge
– Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
– Increasing alcohol or drug use
– Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life If you notice any of these signs in yourself or someone else, call and get help.

In a crisis, you can use these resources: Safe Utah app which connects to local crisis lines. Lifeline: 1-800-273 TALK (8255) A 24-hour, toll-free crisis hotline that links callers to a nearby crisis center National Suicide Hope Line: 1-800-784-2433 Connects callers to the crisis center nearest to them NAMI Utah: 1-801-323-9900 or 1-877-230-6264 Connects you to local resources


Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose (this includes prescription opioids and heroin). 142 Americans die daily from drug overdoses of all types. Two of these Americans are Utahns.

– More than 33,000 people died from opioids in the United States in 2015.
– A prescription opioid is involved in nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths.
– 80 percent of people who use heroin started with prescription opioids.
– President Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency

From 2013 to 2015, Utah ranked 7th highest in the U.S. for drug overdose deaths outpacing deaths due to firearms, falls, and motor vehicle crashes. Utah is the only western state that is consistently in the top ten for opioid overdose deaths.

In 2016, approximately 7,000 opioid prescriptions were dispensed in Utah each day. Some studies have shown that two-thirds of all opioids misused and abused come from family members or friends. Naloxone is offered in Intermountain pharmacies which can reverse a life-threatening overdose of opioids. Safe Disposal Leftover and unused medications can be a danger to children, animals, and for potential abuse. You can dispose any unused medications at any Intermountain community pharmacy. Over 15,000 pounds have been disposed of since 2015. There are also additional drop boxes at numerous city halls, health departments and police stations. To find the nearest drop box for you, visit .

Healthy Mind Matters Resource Guide

Suicide Prevention

Prevention Hotline –
English: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Spanish: (888) 628-9457

Suicide Prevention Coalition –

Utah Department of Health info on the CDC Report on Youth Suicide in Utah 2011-2015 – UDOH Youth Suicide Report including the Study Report

Utah Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2021 Prevention Plan PDF – Prevention Plan PDF

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – Utah –

Apps to report suicide ideation for yourself or a friend:
– Safe UT app [iTunes – Android] – My3 App [iTunes – Android]

Firearm safety –

211 Utah –

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI Utah) – (801) 323-9900 –

Substance Use Disorder

Utah Dept. of Human Services, Div. of Substance Abuse and Mental Health –

Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) – (385)210-0320

211 Utah –

Opioid Addiction

Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (treatment providers by county) –

211 Utah –

Opioid Disposal

Use Only as Directed –

Utah Poison Control Center – (800) 222-1222

Behavioral Health Resources

Utah Dept. of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health –

211 Utah –

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI Utah) – (801) 323-9900

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