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Hope for Tomorrow

Hope for Tomorrow is a Mental Health Education Program which brings together the combined efforts and insights of mental health professionals, educators, consumers, family members, and other experts to help parents, teachers, students and communities understand mental illness—a crucial step to improving the lives of those affected by it.

We are seeking volunteers from all areas of the state who are interested in educating our youth about mental health. 

                                              HFT 2015 LOGO

Hope for Tomorrow Goals

  • Raise awareness of mental health issues
  • Erase the stigma of mental illness
  • Foster hope among students and their families


  • Mood Disorders covers general information about brain disorders and stigma, as well as the most common mood disorders diagnosed in adolescents
  • Substance Use Disorders covers substance use, including abuse and dependence
  • Eating Disorders covers societal pressures, signs and symptoms and how to seek help.



The program consists of a program manual, 3-segment video/DVD, and supplemental CD. Components include: In-class discussion guides, video interviews with young people, parents, and professionals, Parents & Teachers as Allies teacher in-service, parent community forums, mental health tips of the day, lunchtime forums, anonymous student box, bulletin boards and posters.

The Hope for Tomorrow Program was developed by parents, students, educators, school administrators, the Utah PTA, the State Office of Education, and the Department of Pediatrics and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Utah. Hope for Tomorrow has undergone an evaluation where preliminary data show that after participation in the program, there is an increase in student help-seeking behavior.

For more information contact NAMI Utah at (801) 323-9900 or toll free 1-877-230-6264.

Download a Hope for Tomorrow Information Packet

Parents and Teachers as Allies Faculty in-service flyer



Hope for Tomorrow Newsletter

Evidence Based Practices for Schools

Recommendations on Discussing Mental Health

Recommendations based on Utah Law

Mood Disorders


Bipolar Disorder

The Balanced Mind Foundation- (Formerly Children and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation)

Substance Use Disorders

National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration

Dealing with Addiction

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa 

New Mental Health Lesson Plan in the PD Curriculum:  Prevention Dimensions is a PK-12 program to encourage Safe and Drug-free Schools and Communities, visit them on the web at www.utahpd.org

Please also explore our Online Resources for web links related to these topics.


Funding for this program is generously supported, in part, by grants provided by:  

Altschul Foundation

Castle Foundation

Ruth E.  and John E. Bamberger  Memorial Foundation

Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation

Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation

Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

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Contact Us

1600 West 2200 South, Suite #202
West Valley City, UT 84119
(801) 323-9900

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Suicide Prevention

If you have an emergency, please call 911.

If you or someone you love is in need of suicide prevention support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit the website for more info.

For local support please call the UNI Crisisline at 801-587-3000.

Resources are also available on the Utah Department of Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health website.