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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.
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‘It’s OK to not be OK’: SLPD hires mental health counselor for employees 

The Salt Lake City Police Department now has a licensed clinical mental health counselor to help struggling officers and other employees. 
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Huntsman Mental Health Institute partners with community organizations

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute is working with a variety of local organizations to improve the culture and treatment for those who struggle with mental health.
Britain Covey #18 of the Utah Utes warms up before their game against the BYU Cougars September 11,...

Britain Covey promotes suicide prevention program, sharing personal loss

Britain Covey, wide receiver for the University of Utah's football program, announced his support for an equestrian and life skills training program for women after he lost two young cousins to suicide.
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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.
Hope Squad members learn how to recognize if a student is struggling and may need help. (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. 
Heroes Haven is a place for vets to deal with their return to civilian life after leaving the milit...

Utah veterans get mental health help at Heroes Haven

During the past two decades, America’s wars created a new generation of veterans. Like many who went before them, some struggled with their mental health when they came home. 
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Number of Unified firefighters seeking mental health support doubles

Mental health continues to be a growing concern among first responders. In the past two years, the number of Unified Fire Authority firefighters seeking mental health support has doubled. KSL's Alex Cabrero spoke with some firefighters about that.
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Cafe owners offer safe place for customers to store their guns

The owners of one Cache Valley business are reaching out to help people in crisis by giving them a safe place to keep their guns.  
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Utah’s suicide rate remains flat, more people reaching out for help

Utah’s suicide rate has remained about the same for the last five years. Advocates say that’s a good thing. Heather Simonsen digs into the state’s next steps to save more lives.
The SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention for people in immediate distress....

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.
The Alpine School District Suicide Prevention Coalition produced postcards with instructions and re...

Alpine District sending mental health crisis postcards to 114,000 households

Officials with the Alpine School District urged families to watch their mailboxes for an important magnet postcard that has instructions and resources on what to do during a mental health emergency.
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Walk for suicide prevention raises nearly $250,000

More than 3,000 Utahns met in West Jordan Saturday morning to raise awareness about suicide, the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.
Greyson Mair was born on July 3, 2020. Exactly two months later, his father, Jordan Mair, took his ...

Tooele mother who lost her son to suicide urges others to seek help

KSL is dedicated to shining a light on an important topic during National Suicide Prevention Week. As one Tooele mother knows, it can be frustrating trying to help a loved one who won't readily seek treatment. A psychiatrist with the Huntsman Mental Health Institute shared how to best help those who need help, but are reluctant.
After losing her best friend to suicide in 2018, Wylee Mitchell started making t-shirts to promote ...

Teen makes shirts to promote suicide prevention after losing best friend to suicide

A high school senior in rural Nevada is sharing a message of hope and light during National Suicide Prevention Week after losing her best friend to suicide in 2018.
Abbi and Amanda McIntosh are suicide loss survivors. Abbi, age 8, lost her father and paternal gran...

Utah scientists identifying genes that may increase risk to suicide

Scientists are discovering some of the mystery behind suicide. The latest research at University of Utah Health strengthens the family link to suicide. They’re identifying genes that may increase risk.
Morgan Hurst is a financial analyst. She has been working from home during the pandemic and appreci...

How To Put Your Emotional Well-Being First As You Navigate A Workplace Transition Post-Pandemic

Returning to the office can be anxiety-inducing, whether you're ready to return or prefer to keep your workspace at home. But experts say there are lessons all of us can take from the pandemic to positively change the workspace as it relates to our mental health.
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Salt Lake City Schools Offering Free Mental Health Counseling For Students

Officials with the Salt Lake City School District want students who are struggling with their mental health to know that they are not alone.
Angela Petersen and her daughter Mishala Petersen love to paint rocks together. They enjoy being ou...

Mental Health Services Awareness Night Offers Resources For Families In The Community

Experts are calling the mental health challenges many people are now facing the second wave of the pandemic. While they've seen an increase in demand, they remind families there are resources and people ready to help. One Utah family is grateful they reached out years ago.
Certain video games designed by scientists to treat to depression improve Laurie Featherstone’s m...

U Of U Health Scientists Say Certain Video Games Improve Mental Health In Older Adults

Scientists are unlocking ways a common past-time can do wonders for the brain. Certain video games are treating mental illness.
New animated series called “My Life is Worth Living” hopes to prevent suicide among tee...

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."
Simone Biles of Team United States looks on during the Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo ...

Simone Biles’ Decision To Put Mental Health First Is Teaching Moment For Utah Teens, Therapists Say

After withdrawing from the women's gymnastics team final and individual all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics because of mental health concerns, Simone Biles has received both public praise and harsh criticism.
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17:  Nathan Chen of the United States competes during the Men's S...

SLC Olympian May Understand Pressure Felt By Simone Biles More Than Most

Most people will never know the pressure Olympic athletes are under to perform but Nathan Chen does.
Simone Biles of Team United States is embraced by coach Cecile Landi during the Women's Team Final ...

Simone Biles’ Exit Highlights Importance Of Athletes’ Mental Health

Simone Biles withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics is shining a light on the mental health struggles of elite athletes.
NORWICH, CT - MARCH 23: Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on disp...

Utah Set To Receive $309 Million From Nationwide Opioid Settlement 

Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Attorney General Sean D. Reyes announced that Utah may is set to receive $309 million dollars as a part of a nationwide $26 billion settlement with a number of pharmaceutical companies who contributed to the opioid epidemic. 
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