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Executive Director

The Mental Health Association

Executive Director

Mental Health Association of Utah


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StandardNET/Standard-Examiner [cached]

"There are many factors that have an impact," said Mack Gift, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Utah, based in Salt Lake City.

Simply stated, people living in more crowded areas, who come in contact with more people in daily life, probably are less likely to feel isolated and alone, according to Gift.
"In some of the big cities, there is a lower incidence of depression," he said.
Several studies have concluded that people can have a genetic predisposition toward depression, Gift added.A tendency toward depression might be a legacy from early Mormon settlers.
"It would be an interesting study if someone could do it," Gift said."It would require a massive study."
A heavier burden
Gift also pointed to societal pressures as a major cause of depression in women.
"I would say the depression has to do with expectations, along with the ongoing inequities that exist between men and women," he said.

BYU NewsNet - Anxiety disorders disrupt lifestyle [cached]

"Anxiety disorders are forms of self-punishment," said Dr. Mack Gift, executive director of the Mental Health Association."People are giving their power away either to the memory of some event or the memory of a specific person."

The five main forms of anxiety disorders are post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobias.
Gift said people with panic disorders avoid the place where the attack occurred, creating restrictions on what the person can do in life.
"This limits their world, and it gets smaller and smaller ... until people feel uncomfortable leaving their homes," he said.

Mental Health Association in South Carolina [cached]

Mack D. Gift, Ph.D.

the NMHA Online Community: View Newsletter Article [cached]

People from various racial and ethnic backgrounds , sexual orientations and spiritual and political ideologies are changing the look of the state of Utah , said Dr. Mack Gift , MHAU executive director.MHAU has an obligation to represent all segments of our society equally and fairly..

MHAU began preparing for these conferences more than a year ago when it established a cultural competency training committee.Gift chaired the committee and the MHAU Board of Directors served as members.The committee networked with providers , selected speakers , collaborated with the State Division of Mental Health and met regularly to ensure the event's success.
People from various ..backgrounds , sexualorientations and ..ideologies are changing.
For more information on this project , contact Dr. Gift at 801-596-3705 or by e-mail at , or visit the MHAU Web site at

Tooele Transcript Bulletin On-line [cached]

Mack Gift of the Mental Health Association of Utah said poor and even average-income individuals with persistent mental health problems are cheated in the justice system.

"There needs to be more mental health courts, for one thing, and there needs to be greater access for lower income people," Gift said."[The National Mental Health Association] estimates that 60 percent of homeless males have a mental illness and virtually none of them receive medication."
Gift said the price of drugs drops after the drug manufacturer's patent runs out and generics become available.He said it is difficult to get the mentally ill the best medications to most effectively prevent them from criminal activity.
"The solutions are extreme.I don't know how to do it short of having some kind of national health insurance policy because the pharmaceutical companies spend a lot of money on research," Gift said, "but they also make enormous amounts of money."

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