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Did You Know? 

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based course that teaches participants how to recognize, respond, and report mental health illnesses in addition to substance use disorders. Additionally, participants are trained in practical skills they can use in their everyday life to support someone that is in a mental health or substance use crisis.

Mental Health First Aid is adding an opioid component to its curriculum to help participants understand the opioid crisis and learn how to administer naloxone in the case of an opioid overdose. You can find stories and information about the opioid crisis, its impacts, and ways you can help here.

Community Highlights
Utah Legislative Updates

Utah’s Core Standards for Health Education are admittingly out of date with current law, research and policy. The Utah State Board of Education is asking for its residents to engage in helping in the direction we can send our students by updating the core standards. You can learn more about the current core standards here. We encourage you to contact the Utah State Board of Education and ask for more impacting focus on reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors for substance use and prevention, violence and also suicide. The inclusion of health in a student’s education positively contributes to their ability to learn, focus and achieve health and wellness throughout their lives. We believe parents and residents of Utah can make an outstanding impact on the new core standards. The public notice for comments is now closed but you are still able to contact your board member and place your suggestions, concerns or questions through email. Find your district’s board member here.

The Utah State Board of Education is also looking for support from Utah residents on the impact of the Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Survey. This survey has played an integral role in gathering information on risk and protective factors within four areas of a child’s life – community, family, school and peer domains. The questions are also related to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, other drug use and mental health. The SHARP Survey has played a critical component in prevention planning in substance use and suicide. We on the HEART team as well as other state and county agencies have benefited from the knowledge the SHARP Survey has provided. If you would like to have the SHARP Survey continue, please contact your district’s board member here and encourage them to continue the implementation of the SHARP Survey in Utah schools.

Learn more about other Legislative Updates through Utah Coalition for Opioid Overdose Prevention (UCO-OP) here.

Upcoming Events 
Carbon & Emery County
Opioid & Substance Use Coalition Meetings 

First Monday of the month from 11 a.m. - noon
Carbon: USU Eastern Student Center, Price, Utah
Emery: 75 E Main Street, Castle Dale, Utah
Save the Date!
Rural Opioid Summit 

USU Eastern, Price, Utah 
July 18-19, 2019
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