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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.
LGBTQ teens at an Encircle activity....

Parents’ support key to mental health among LGBTQ+ youth, experts say

Nearly 20 percent of adults in the U.S. live with a mental health condition. In the LGBTQ+ community, that number is three times higher. Experts say family support is crucial to an adolescents’ mental health.
Officer Casey Burton saved a man from a drug overdose in Liberty Park with Naloxone. (KSL TV)...

‘He was super thankful’: Police officer saves man from overdose at Liberty Park

Liberty Park is a busy place as the weather warms. Tuesday an alert Salt Lake City Police Officer came across a man who was struggling to stand. The officer was in the right place to save a man from a drug overdose.
Rylin Adams...

Elite Utah athlete talks about her struggles with mental health

Athletes are disciplined, strong-willed, and dedicated but they don’t always have it all together.
FILE: In this photo illustration, the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on August 7, 2020 ...

TikTok and social media can distort mental health information for teens

Teens, just like adults can find themselves scrolling through video after social-media video. The billion — yes billion — users on TikTok are primarily teens and some mental health professionals have stated the platform is negatively impacting the mental health crisis.
The SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention for people in immediate distress....

Experts: SafeUT app has helped thwart threats at Utah schools

The SafeUT app was launched more than five years ago as a response to a public health crisis with suicide. That app has also helped thwart violent attacks at schools.
Members of the community gather at a City of Uvalde Town Square for a prayer vigil in the wake of a...

Psychologist gives advice for parents to talk to children about school shootings

Outrage and heartbreak have gripped the country after 19 children and two adults were massacred at Ross Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Utah Health Department Sign...

Utah 2021 Student Survey: Mental health concerns increase while drug use decreases

A 2021 survey of Utah students shows the impact of the pandemic on their lives with an increase in mental health concerns but a decrease in substance use.
Valentina, 12, and her mom Monica Lopez talk about the wait for a therapist....

Bridging the treatment gap: Solutions for families waiting to connect a teen with a therapist

The average wait for a mental health care provider for a new patient referral in Utah is between two to six months. But experts say there are tools available to help bridge the treatment gap.
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Teens need to learn early about the signs of abusive relationships

Advocates said it's important for young people to start learning about good and bad relationships early.
Lauryn Batista uses scribbles to help illustrate how she feels sometimes. (KSL TV)...

Visualizing the Conversation about Mental Health

Southern Utah University art student Lauryn Batista wants to talk about scribbles. That’s how she visualizes the anxiety and depression she’s dealt with for the past few years.
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Weber School District creates Happiness Hotline

Need a pick me up, life advice, or words of encouragement? Try calling the Happiness Hotline (833-88-HAPPY), a free resource created by students and faculty in the Weber School District.
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Kids In Crisis: Supporting your children with the right conversations

If you're the parent to teenage kids, you know getting them to talk isn't always easy -- and yet they need your help now more than ever.
This summer, every state will be rolling out 988 as the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline nu...

States prepare for summer launch of new 988 suicide prevention number

This summer, every state will be rolling out 988 as the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number to call for mental health crises — similar to how people can call 911 for medical emergencies.
Vet Jarvie Curtis plays with his new service puppy Lima. (KSL TV)...

Puppy power helps Utah vets battle PTSD

Our military service members put their lives on the line for us, pushing themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally to protect our freedoms.
A view of the city of Mariupol, which has sustained immense damage under constant shelling and atta...

‘Social Media War’ can lead to psychological trauma

In recent years, mental health professionals have learned a lot about the traumatic impacts of war on troops and civilians in the war zone. Research shows the war in Ukraine can also have traumatic psychological impacts on people many miles away.
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New study finds virtual schooling has negatively impacted mental health for college students

Mental health has declined for many college students who experienced virtual schooling during the pandemic — that’s one of the findings of a new study released by the Utah-based company, Qualtrics.
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Weapon removed from Draper school after student reports it through SafeUT app

Administrators say a weapon was safely removed from the Draper Park Middle School campus after a concerned student reported the weapon through the SafeUT app.
The Jordan School District created Wellness Centers in 15 schools. (John Wilson, KSLTV)...

West Jordan schools provide mental wellness rooms for stressed students

A room at an elementary school in West Jordan is getting a lot of attention for helping students with mental health concerns.
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Teen treatment: Advice for parents seeking residential treatment options

Utah's $400 million troubled teen industry is facing renewed scrutiny as more than two dozen former residents allege mistreatment and abuse in a new lawsuit.   
Mindy Brown teaches her 5-year-old daughter, Mac, healthy ways of coping with tough emotions....

Therapist: ‘Even the people you wouldn’t expect are vulnerable’ of self-injury

Self-harm has become so widespread so rapidly, especially among adolescents and teens that scientists are trying hard to keep up. A therapist explains what to look for.
A rendering of the new Mental Health Center in South Salt Lake....

Plans unveiled for Huntsman Mental Health Institute clinic in South Salt Lake

New plans released Thursday show what an innovative mental health care center in Salt Lake County will look like, and the plans showcase how it’ll do much more than just help people in crisis.
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Purdue Pharma, US states agree to new opioid settlement

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and U.S. states have agreed to a new settlement of opioid lawsuits.
Rachel Jackson hopes to foster a healthy relationship with food in her kids.  (KSL TV)...

Eating disorders spiraling during the pandemic, experts say 

Eating disorders will affect 29- million Americans in their lifetime. Being out of a routine and living in an uncertain world has led to abnormal eating, especially among teens. A psychiatrist explains how parents can help.
Kids and parents teamed up to make huevos rancheros a salad, and a smoothie in Kearns Tuesday morni...

Cooking class creates family bonds and can help prevent underage drinking 

Huevos rancheros, orange and jicama salad, and a smoothie were on the menu at a cooking class Tuesday morning to combat underage drinking. 
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