You don't need to be a news expert to recognize the truth - that Utah
is experiencing an epidemic of depression, suicide, and prescription opioid
misuse. But here's one other truth. All of us can learn to take
positive action to help make certain these issues don't devastate the
lives of our families, friends and loved ones. That's why our stations
are joining together to bring you information and resources you need to
fight these very real but solvable problems. Because a Healthy Mind Matters.
Being a teenager can be challenging enough but imagine facing those difficulties as a minority in a predominantly white community. A recent student risk assessment survey found Black and Hispanic students are more likely to feel unsafe at school.
According to new data from the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey, teen girls are facing higher levels of sadness and hopelessness than ever before. It's a trend concerning Utah doctors and many Utah families.
Schools screen vision and hearing, so why not mental health? While funding is available, most Utah schools do not take part in a state program to provide mental health screenings in school, even though suicide is the number one cause of death among Utah teens.
Teenagers who are struggling with their mental health are not always eager or ready to reach out for help. Thursday is Teen Mental Wellness Day, so we wanted to share some ideas with teens and parents who are seeking answers.
Jeff Dewsnup was known as the best goalkeeper in the state and even the country, signed to play professional soccer at just 16. But, the pressure of playing a high-level sport like that at such a young age took a toll on his mental health.
The most wonderful time of the year can also be among the most difficult times. Inflation is leading more people to food banks leading more people to food banks and the pandemic and other circumstances have taken a toll on the mental health of many.
Those who are responsible for the SafeUT app are celebrating what they call a “milestone. Over a 12-month period, over one million messages were exchanged between SafeUT counselors and people needing help.