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The Grand Challenge – Stop Stigma Together

Areas of major issues in Utah and across the United States are centered around Mental Health. This can take the form of issues around access to services or around the stigma associated with reaching out and receiving care for mental health. This itself can take on various forms and requires a collaborative effort to dissect these stigmas and work to remove them to improve the mental health of the state and country as a whole.

The University of Utah’s Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) has launched an initiative called the Grand Challenge and its goal is to End Stigma. With this effort, HMHI has started a state level effort in Utah which is also being used to model similar efforts in other states. Many other states have since launched with a goal of this being an ongoing effort in all states. Similarly, there is a national effort which is both to address the needs at a national level and to be a guiding force for the state level efforts.

To unite our passion, drive and expertise into powerful strategic actions that end the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders.

3-5 Year Goal:
Build foundation for success to drastically reduce stigma around mental health and substance use disorders in Utah by 2028.

A state free of stigma, with the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that supports everyone with mental health and substance use disorders.

Learn more at:

Get resources from the National Ad Council’s effort called “Love, your mind”:

References (last updated February 22, 2024):

February 13, 2024Huntsman Mental Health InstituteBuilding Hope Together – 2023 Annual Report
N/A (Website)Utah State Board of EducationAttending to School-based Mental Health
N/A (Website)Utah Department of Health and Human ServicesSHARP Survey Reports
N/A (Website)Utah Prevention Coalition AssociationUtah Behavior Health Resouces
N/A (Website)Utah Association of CountiesUtah Coalitions
2023 DraftKem C Gardner Policy InstituteUtah Behavioral Health Coalition Master Plan
February 21, 2023Huntsman Mental Health InstituteHMHI 2022 Annual Report
June 30, 2021Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental HealthHealth Disparities in Utah’s Public Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Systems – Needs Assessment
2016National Academies of Sciences Engineer MedicineEnding Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders