In its pilot year, “Man Night” was hosted on Wednesday at the Carbon County Fairgrounds.
The event, hosted by Four Corners Community Behavioral Health, Inc. and put on through the Utah chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), attracted many attendees and gave all a chance to laugh as well as learn about a not-so humorous topic.
The evening, devoted to promoting positive mental health and introducing attendees to mantherapy.org, offered those in attendance a chance to enjoy themselves amidst live entertainment from Shadows of The Valley, a local band, comedian Guy Seidel, and various door prizes from community institutions.
Those businesses who donated to the event included Tractor Supply, Big O Tires, John’s Auto Tech, Pepsi, Lin’s Fresh Market, Sutherlands, A-1 Rental, KASL/KUSA, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Dinosaur Tire, Maverick Gas Station, Advanced Auto Parts Store, Heritage West Credit Union, CJ’s Do It Center, Price Auto Group and Bookcliff Workwear as well as Eastern Utah Community Credit Union and the Carbon County Hope Squad for financial donations. John Judd with San Rafael Works also offered a free dinner to those in attendance.
Though the evening at first glance may have seemed all fun and games, the true goal behind the event was more serious in nature. The event, through jokes and humor, showed those in attendance the importance of a healthy mind and encouraged them to consider their own health as well as its role in suicide prevention.
“I think it went pretty well, especially for a first time in our community,” expressed Eileen Green from Carbon County Prevention with Four Corners Community Behavioral Health, Inc. “For the turnout we had. I thought it was fantastic.”