Utah and the nation are in the midst of two pandemics, and one of them shows no signs of slowing down.
That’s according to the leader of Huntsman Mental Health Institute, the Beehive State’s largest psychiatric treatment and research center.
The state’s crisis hotline, managed by the institute, is receiving more than 11,000 calls each month — more than 350 calls each day. The average length of text conversations between those in distress seeking help on the SafeUT app and counselors has “increased dramatically,” said Dr. Mark Rapaport, CEO of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute and chairman of the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry.
Un evento con el fin de crear conciencia sobre la salud mental y los recursos de prevención del suicidio disponibles para la comunidad latina de Utah como parte de la campaña Live On.
La campaña, cuyo objetivo es el de combatir el azote de la depresión y el suicidio entre los habitantes del estado, pone énfasis especial en los latinos del estado, quienes están desproporcionadamente afectados por dichos males.
Utah leaders are launching a new campaign on suicide prevention for the Latino community, which faces higher rates of suicide and depression than their white counterparts.
Increasing awareness around mental health care and suicide prevention has been a major focus for state leaders in recent years, as Utah has consistently had one of the highest rates of suicide in the country.
Utah’s Hispanic population suffers disproportionately higher suicide, depression rates; Cox urges Latinos ‘¡Tienes el poder de salvar una vida!’
The COVID pandemic has had a profound effect on our behavioral health and currently, close to 40 percent of Utah adults report they’re experiencing feelings of pandemic-related anxiety or depression. Recent studies have found that 20 percent of patients who recover from COVID-19 are later diagnosed with a mental illness within 90 days.
We continue the conversation around mental and emotional health. Javier Alegre, Executive Director for Latino Behavioral Health Services and Elisha Betancourt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Safe Utah jon us to talk about some of the challenges and risk-factors different members of our community face, as well as the types of resources available to them online, by phone, and to a limited extent, in-person.
Utah ranks in the top 10 states for suicide death. While suicide is a leading cause of death and many people report thoughts of suicide, the topic is still largely met with silence and shame.
(KUTV) — Live On is a statewide effort to prevent suicide by promoting education, providing resources, and changing our culture around suicide and mental health. Together we can get through, reach out, lift up, look ahead, and Live On.
SALT LAKE CITY — Seeing a need for a more comprehensive approach to battling suicide in Utah, Intermountain Healthcare is giving $1.2 million to the Live On campaign and its efforts to change important conversations that could lead Utahns to get help earlier.