The Southwest Behavioral Health Center, located in St. George, serves a five-county area. SBHC is tasked from the state of Utah to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment services with offices in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington Counties. The goal is four-fold: education, prevention, treatment and aftercare services.
One in four individuals in the U.S. will have a mental illness sometime in their lifetimes, Deal said. It can be as mild as depression after the death of a loved one to the more serious mental illnesses such as bipolar or schizophrenia. The past stigma of mental illness or substance addiction is overcome with facts, treatment and support.
"We have come to recognize that mental illness is not different than any other physical ailments," Deal said. "It's something that many people experience; it's something that is treatable; it's something that people recover from. When we all recognize that, our community will be much better off. And we'll be a much greater help to each other because we have been able to learn on each other and provide some support."
He shares a message of hope for those with mental illness and also hope and recovery from addiction. Training is available to clergy, schools and families through a program called Mental Health First Aid. Suicide awareness, prevention of drug or alcohol abuse, and early intervention for our youth are also areas the SBHC has information about.
Those seeking education, counseling or treatment can call toll free at: 1 (800) 574-6763 or visit the website www.sbhc.us
St. George Office 474 West 200 North, 435-634-5600; Cedar City 245 East 680 South, 435-867-7654; Kanab 445 N Main, 435-644-4520; Beaver 75 W 1175 N, 435-438-5537; and Panguitch 601 E Center St, 435-676-8176.