Healthy Mind Matters

Kids In Crisis

Jed Boal

Experts recommend screening kids for mental health issues

A national health task force now recommends that pediatricians screen kids for mental health issues as early as eight years old.
2 months ago
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Erin Cox

First mental health summit brings leaders from across US to Beehive State

For the first time, multiple organizations from across the country, who are leading the research for mental health, joined Utah leaders at a mental health summit. It’s the first event of its kind and will last until the end of Tuesday.
2 months ago
Superintendents from all parts of the U.S. gather every year to dicuss a variety of topics. As the ...
Ayanna Likens and Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Nationwide mental health summit for teens brings superintendents to Pleasant Grove

Superintendents from all parts of the U.S. gather every year to discuss a variety of topics, and this year the gathering in Pleasant Grove focused on improving the overall mental well-being of students.
2 months ago
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Jed Boal

Love Hard Foundation making positive difference in Utah teens’ mental health

The Love Hard Foundation was started in January to make a positive difference in the mental and emotional health of Utah teens. Each week, the nonprofit is getting more involved in schools and communities.
2 months ago
Intermountain healthcare launched a new mental health resource that will visit children and teens i...
Ayanna Likens

A new free mental health resource in Utah will visit children in their moment of crisis

Intermountain Healthcare launched a new mental health resource for children and teens. The Stabilization Mobile Response unit (SMR) is designed to go to your home in a discreet way to help your child in crisis. The service is free.
3 months ago
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Ayanna Likens

Dance is a unique way to help improve your mental health

As mental health crises continue to rise, there are ways to help cope with the stress and anxiety of the day-to-day world.  
3 months ago
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Shara Park, KSL TV

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.
7 months ago
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KSL TV

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.
7 months ago
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Alex Cabrero, 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.
8 months ago
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Dan Rascon, KSL TV

Riverton program aims to help teens navigate mental health challenges

The city of Riverton in Salt Lake County is fighting against the alarming mental health troubles among teens with a special program called "Live in Real Life."
10 months ago
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Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Canyons School District offers new mental health screenings for students

Mental health continues to be a big issue for students during the pandemic. Part of the problem is identifying students who might have some challenges with mental health, even if the student doesn't know it themselves. That's why the Canyons School District will hold another screening for students.
10 months ago
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Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

U.S. Surgeon General: Teens struggling with mental health more than ever before 

A 2021 Advisory just released by The U.S. Surgeon General called “Protecting Youth Mental Health” painted a sobering picture of the mental health of America’s youth.  
12 months ago
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Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Independent investigation will look at bullying in Davis School District

An independent investigation will be done into how the Davis School District handles reports of bullying. It comes after the death of Isabella "Izzy" Faith Tichenor, a 10-year-old girl who took her own life after her family says she was bullied at school.
1 year ago
Hope Squad members learn how to recognize if a student is struggling and may need help. (KSL TV)...
Ladd Egan, KSL TV

Preventing suicide is goal of ‘Hope Squad’ training in Utah

About 200 students traveled to Provo Thursday for training on how to help prevent suicide at their schools through a Hope Squad. 
1 year ago
The SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention for people in immediate distress. (KSL TV)...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

SafeUT app saves lives during COVID-19 pandemic

The SafeUT smartphone app and mental health system immediately started helping children in crisis when it launched five years ago. Today, it continues to support teens and young adults, mentally and emotionally, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
1 year ago
New animated series called “My Life is Worth Living” hopes to prevent suicide among tee...
Dan Rascon, KSL TV

New Animated Series Aimed At Teens Says ‘My Life is Worth Living’

A new campaign in the fight against teen suicide is doing something creators say hasn’t been done before. They are running a series of animated stories on suicide prevention they call "My Life is Worth Living."
1 year ago
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Matt Rascon, KSL TV

Short, Long-Term Impacts Of Pandemic On Kids’ Mental Health

The number of suicides in Utah has remained concerning but steady. Research also shows mental health struggles are on the rise, or at least people are getting help.
2 years ago
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JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press

Global Rise In Childhood Mental Health Issues Amid Pandemic

Doctors say the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental health of children is alarming and plain to see.
2 years ago
Siblings Eli and Mia Carter-Smith of Salt Lake City were glad to have each other to play with durin...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Kids In Crisis: What To Look For In Stressed Children, How Parents Can Help

The prolonged stress and uncertainty of the pandemic has taken a toll on young children and parents need tools to recognize when it is affecting their kids and how to help them recover. 
2 years ago
Surviving through a pandemic can exact a toll on our mental health. But experts say there are ways ...
Tania Dean, KSL TV

Crisis Teams Available For Children Struggling With Mental Health Issues

The coronavirus pandemic brought on new trials for many Utah families. More children are experiencing mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, and social isolation, but many parents don’t know where to turn for help.
2 years ago
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Mike Headrick, KSL TV

Study: Utah Children, Adults Report Increased Mental Stress During Pandemic

A study from the Huntsman Mental Health Institute said 40% of Utahns reported an increase in anxiety and depression over the last year with kids being hit hardest overall.
2 years ago
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Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Listening Is Key To Discussing Mental Health With Children

When it comes to having conversations with your kids about mental health, it starts before there is an issue. KSL spoke to adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Matt Swenson who walked through the process of having that conversation. He said it all starts with listening.
2 years ago
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Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Recognizing Signs Of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts In Teens

Utah has consistently ranked in the top five states with the highest rate of suicide among teens.
2 years ago
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Morgan Wolfe, KSL TV

College Freshmen Resilient In Face Of Pandemic

Over the last year, the group of students have missed out on their final days of high school, a normal graduation and proms. And their college experience hasn't been what they imagined it would, either.
2 years ago
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