Finding resources to stay healthy
This column usually focuses on matters of mental health. Of course, mental health is only a part of your overall well-being, albeit an important one. Physical health, financial security, housing, relationships, and the like are also critical.
All of these pieces together influence how you feel and how healthy you are, both mentally and physically. While it might be self-explanatory to see a doctor when you are sick, it might be much harder to know where to turn for other needs. Moab has a variety of resources for all kinds of problems and needs. However, finding the right resource can be challenging.
Fortunately, there are a few central places that can point you in the right direction. The Moab Free Health Clinic, for example, offers a resource directory that has current information on most of the health-related resources in and around Moab. The directory is available on the clinic’s website at: www.moabfreehealthclinic.org, or at the clinic, 350 South 400 East, during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Even if you are not eligible for services at the clinic, the staff will refer you to the appropriate place for your health needs.
If you have a question about mental health services, the Moab Mental Health Provider Group is the place to go. It is a loosely organized association of many of the therapists, social workers, life coaches and other mental health providers in the Moab area. For information on mental health services, feel free to contact me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 435-719-5563.
Another important resource for a variety of services is the LIC, the Local Interagency Council. The council includes representatives from several organizations, such as the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, Grand County School District, Division of Child and Family Services, the Family Support Center, Four Corners Behavioral Health and others, who work together to assist families who are going through a difficult time. They help families develop a plan and connect them with the resources they need to stay safe and healthy. The services are confidential and generally free. For any question about the LIC, contact Geri Swift at the Utah Foster Care Foundation at 435-259-3345.
Moab is an amazing community with many generous, helpful, and competent people along with a variety of resources. Some people might feel embarrassed when they have to ask for help. However, bad stuff happens to good people. If you find yourself in a position where you need outside help, it would be unwise not to use the available resources. Taking care of yourself and your family is important. Once you are back on your feet, you can find opportunities to give back to the community and help others.
Research has shown that giving back to the community can improve mental health and your overall sense of well-being. Volunteering is a wonderful way to connect with people and feel good about yourself. With all the different organizations in town, everybody should be able to find a place where their skills and interests are appreciated and useful.
So, whether you are looking for assistance or for a place where you can contribute — or both — there are many resources to choose from.
- Antje Rath
- March 2015