WASATCH, Utah (ABC4) – This month, the Wasatch County School District is partnering up with Live On in the hopes of bringing awareness to suicide prevention.
To further advocate for the cause, the district will be hosting various events which will be available to the entire Utah community.
(KUTV) — Utah’s First Lady Abby Cox is joining young students from the Wasatch County School District as they spearhead a discussion on suicide awareness.
Together, they are welcoming and encouraging more efforts in schools to help struggling youth know there is support.
HEBER CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Utah First Lady Abby Cox will join students and officials from the Wasatch County School District for a virtual town hall on the topic of suicide prevention.
During the town hall, how students can get help and offer peer support for mental health will also be discussed.
Mountain Middle School, Timpanogos Middle School, and Wasatch High School are partnering with the State’s suicide prevention campaign Live On to share creative messaging and materials in schools through the end of the school year by promoting education, providing resources, and shifting culture around suicide and mental health.
Utah first lady Abby Cox and others announced a new mental well-being campaign in rural Wasatch County middle and high schools to combat continuing high rates of suicide among youth.
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.