BY TOM BUSSELBERG
LAYTON — Last year, Davis Behavioral Health provided services to nearly 5,000 residents.
Chances are, you may know a family member, neighbor or friend who has turned to that agency for help.
“We are really trying hard to be a one-stop shop for everybody,” said Executive Director Brandon Hatch. “It takes a lot of courage for someone to call and say they need help.”
That need may be in substance abuse or with mental health issues, but whatever the issue, Hatch emphasized that he wants Davis Behavioral Health to be a place to find help and answers.
A new, and free, Living Well Clinic is part of that goal to be an end-all place for everybody, he said.
Any resident of the county can access the clinic, regardless of ability to pay, Hatch emphasized.
At the clinic, consumers can talk with a therapist and determine what care, if any, may be needed and appropriate. Consumers can also learn of classes, such as those dealing with depression or anxiety or relationships and more, he said.
“We are no longer a place that will only see you if you have a real severe problem,” Hatch said. “If you feel you have a problem, we will see you.”
Davis Behavioral Health operates as a private, nonprofit corporation tasked with providing services to the county’s residents. It operates independently, and Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn sits on its board of directors.
“You may have added stresses in life, with the loss of a job or financial challenges,” which may lead to feeling a need for help from an agency such as Davis Behavioral Health, said Millburn.
A wide range of services is provided for adults, adolescents and children.
That includes emphasis on prevention measures, Millburn said.
“Whether it’s being actively engaged in schools or other community resources or making sure people are aware of the signs to look for (such as with suicide), it’s being ahead of things,” he said.
A key challenge is for people to get past the stigma of seeking help for mental health issues.
“It’s realizing there’s nothing wrong in seeking help,” Millburn said. “It’s not always lying down on somebody’s couch; it depends on what a person’s situation is.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, wealthy or of modest means, he said:
“It’s things everybody deals with as being part of the human race.”
Services offered by Davis Behavioral Health range from a 24-hour crisis line to men’s and women’s substance abuse recovery units, to Journey House, which is a community center for county residents with serious and persistent mental illness.
Meanwhile, The Step Forward program aims to assist youth ages 15 to 25 transition into adulthood.
Davis Behavioral Health also works with the Davis County Jail to provide inmates with mental health and substance abuse services.
For more information, call 801-773-7060 or visit dbhutah.org.