Welcome to the Teton Valley Mental Health Coalition website!
The Teton Valley Mental Health Coalition was formed in the Fall of 2009 to help identify therapists and counselors in an effort for better collaboration among specific mental health care providers.
Our intention is to be able to provide the information needed in regards to the valley’s mental health community and relaying that information to local officials, advocating for mental health and collaborating community needs. We are composed of clinical providers, attorneys, probation and school personal and others who all share a common interest in Teton Valley’s Mental Health. We are in the process of receiving our official 501 c3 non-profit status and are 100% volunteer meaning none of our money is allocated for paying the members. Thanks for visiting the website and feel free to stop by any of our monthly meetings.
When alcohol impacts you or someone you love...
Alcohol use disorders affect about 18 million people in the United States and has an estimated societal cost of 225 Billion dollars each year, primarily from lost productivity, but also from health care and property damage costs (NIAAA, 2014). In Idaho rates of alcohol abuse for people ages 12-17 are consistently some of the highest in the nation (SAMHSA, 2013). We may or may not be aware of these national statistics about alcohol, but when alcohol is a struggle for you or someone you love the effects can be devastating.
“Shame loves secrecy. Shame hates it when we reach out and tell our story.” (The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene’ Brown, 2010) The shame of having a drinking problem or having a loved one who drinks too much can be overwhelming. The only antidote to shame is talking openly about the issue. I have never met anyone who has not had some sort of relationship with a person who struggled with alcoholism; either a family member, themselves, a neighbor or co-worker. Yet as a society we still struggle with acknowledging this disease and acknowledging the effect it may be having on us or our loved ones. We need to seek help.
Help is available in many forms locally or online. There are local AA meetings held in Victor and Driggs if you need support in your own recovery. For more information go to www.idahoarea18aa.org.
Mental Wellness Center(MWC) has clinicians who work in their Driggs office who can help you evaluate your drinking behavior (or other substance abuse issues) and help you decide what type of treatment you may need. Mental Wellness Center can be reached at (208)542-1026. There are many clinicians in the TVMHC who would be happy to give you direction or support if you are in need of counseling or just a referral to the appropriate treatment professional.
There are online SMART Recovery meetings, these meetings are self-empowering addiction recovery support group, they are not based on a twelve step model, they focus more on science based tools, learn more at www.smartrecovery.org. They have a local peer support meeting held at MWC in Driggs, it is free and happens on Wednesday night at 6:30pm call Nick for details at (307)250-0365.
Al-Anon meetings are groups for family members and friends of people who have a drinking problem. There are online and telephone meetings as well. Often it is helpful to feel less alone and be provided with more information about alcohol and alcoholism as an illness. Al-Anon meetings are free and you can attend as often or as infrequently as you choose. These groups are spiritually based and are applicable to people regardless of religious beliefs or lack of religious beliefs. These groups are peer supported, they do not give direction or prescribe specific solutions. These groups encourage self discovery and personal growth. The subjects covered will often be about acceptance, overcoming fear, change or one of the Twelve Steps. For more information please go to their website or go to www.al-anon.aateen.org or for recorded information abut meetings in our area call (208) 522-4947.
Please give me a call if I can help you find the proper referral Jen Carter (208)390-0988.
TVMHC wins an award from the Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Health:
The TVMHC recently won an award from the Idaho State Planning Council on mental health for our communication and advocacy work in Teton Valley. It is a tremendous honor and what an amazing award ceremony in Boise! Coalition members Brandi Daw and Kay Seim were accompanied by co-chair Adam Williamson and president of the board Richard Palmer to accept the award on behalf of the coalition. Congrats to the coalition for all your years of hard work!
For immediate help, call the National Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK or (208) 716-9477 for a Trained Support in Idaho Falls.