Riverton Community to Come Together for Special Anxiety and Mental Health Awareness Event
RIVERTON, UTAH – The Riverton community will come together to raise awareness of anxiety and mental health at a special event on Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Riverton High School Auditorium, 12476 Silverwolf Way. The gathering, Live in Real Life: Part 2, will be a follow-up to the standing-room only event for parents about children’s social media use and its impact on mental health held in September last year. The event’s focus will be anxiety awareness and is open to anyone age 10 years and older.
“This event is important for our community as we seek to address the struggles with mental health and anxiety that many people face, including our youth,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “In my several meetings with school administrators, teachers and parents, these issues are constantly raised, and it is our hope that these city-sponsored events will help raise awareness and understanding of these issues.”
The documentary film “Angst” will be shown during the event. The film, an IndieFlix original documentary, includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a special interview with Michael Phelps. Additionally, Dr. Matt Swenson, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, will speak. Dr. Swenson is a physician with Intermountain Medical Group and medical director at Utah Valley Hospital’s outpatient psychiatry and counseling clinic. He was recently featured as a keynote speaker at the Rocky Mountain Suicide Prevention Conference.
“Our community has a lot of room for growth as we seek to understand anxiety and other mental health issues and their impact on people’s lives,” said Councilwoman Tricia Tingey. “We’d like to encourage everyone who has seen or been impacted by these issues to attend this special event.”
Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m. Educational booths will be available after the event for attendees to see what resources are available for things like counseling, health insurance, mental health, etc. There is no cost to attend.
Live in Real Life: Part 2 is held in conjunction with Riverton High School’s HOPE Week and is co-sponsored by Riverton City, Jordan School District, and Intermountain Riverton Hospital. The same group also sponsors the HOPE Walk for suicide awareness, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m., beginning at Riverton High School.
Riverton City Media Contact:
Casey Saxton, Public Information Officer
Reference #: 2019-001