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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.
Farmer Wade Eliason said he has 400 acres full of weeds instead of crops because of the severe drou...

Mental Health Growing Concern For Farmers During Drought 

Utah farmers have been hit hard, perhaps the hardest during the drought. With no end in sight, many farmers wondered how much longer they can hold on. 
19-year-old Jenna Webb identifies as queer. She first came out to her mom when she was in middle sc...

How To Best Support LGBTQ+ Youth Who Struggle With Depression, Anxiety 

Eighty-six percent of LGBTQ youth have experienced harassment at school and are twice as likely to experience hopelessness and sadness. Trans youth are twice as likely to experience depression and attempt suicide. One Provo teen shared her story as Pride Month wraps up.  
Marine Veteran John Cole (left) and  Sang Soo Yoon, Consul General of South Korea (second from left...

Top South Korean Diplomat Thanks Utah Veterans For Sacrifices

A top South Korean diplomat visited Salt Lake City to commemorate the Korean War and thank the Utah Veterans who fought to free their country seven decades ago.  
A South Davis Firefighter created a rap about suicide prevention....

Utah Firefighter Hopes To Spread Awareness About Mental Health In First Responders

The Centers for Disease Control calls suicide a significant health problem, and first responders are at a higher risk. One Utah firefighter took his experience as a first responder to the airwaves in an effort to raise awareness about the problem.
Jamie Bitton owns Progressive Preschool in South Ogden. (KSL TV)...

Child Care Crisis: Daycares, Preschools Struggle To Balance Children’s Needs With Costs

As more kids bring COVID-related stress to preschool, providers are facing a dual challenge of meeting the children’s needs during an employee shortage while not pricing out parents.
Officials break ground for the new Huntsman Mental Health Institute Center for Hope. (KSL TV)...

Officials Break Ground On New Mental Health Crisis Care Center In Utah

From sirens and handcuffs to compassionate, efficient care, Utah has taken a giant leap forward in how we treat mental health disorders.
Peter and Ann Cornish are walking in this weekend’s 18th Annual NAMIWalk Your Way fundraiser to b...

NAMI Utah Fights Mental Health Stigma With Annual NAMIWalks Your Way Fundraiser

Making mental health a priority, especially during such a challenging year, has never been more important. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah is hosting their 18th annual NAMIWalk Your Way fundraiser Saturday.
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May 20 Declared As ‘Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day’ In Utah

As part of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Gov. Spencer Cox declared Thursday as “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day” in Utah.
Ali's headstone. (Used by permission, Herbert Family)...

Post-Traumatic Growth: How To Find Meaning, Resilience & Strength In Adversity

Millions experienced disruption and loss during the global pandemic. Finding meaning and joy in the midst of that pain can be difficult. Research showed our most traumatic experiences can transform us in surprising ways.
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Local Business Encouraging Utahns To ‘Taco Bout’ Mental Health

May is mental health awareness month, and one local business is encouraging people to "taco 'bout" mental health.
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125 Utahns Walk 100 Miles To Raise Awareness For Suicide

A group of 125 Utahns walked 100 miles as part of the 5th annual suicide walk hosted by the Life's Worth Living Foundation.
Josh Whatcott retired from the South Jordan Police Department a few months ago and is now a certifi...

Former Police Officer Now Trained To Help First Responders With Mental Health

Deputies from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office have started the healing process after two of their own were shot in the line of duty. A former police officer wants them and other first responders to know there is help.
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US Suicides Dropped Last Year, Defying Pandemic Expectations

The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data.
Olivia Larsen was living at Oakridge Student Apartments when she says she was asked to leave after ...

USU Student Loses Housing After Mental Health Crisis

A Utah State University student said she was threatened with eviction after expressing suicidal thoughts to her roommates. Mental health experts are concerned after a similar thing happened last fall to a student living in an Orem apartment complex.
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BYU Studies Show Impact Of Stress Before Age 5

Traumatic childhood events may have something to do with girls' delinquency behaviors and parenting practices by fathers, according to two new mental health studies from BYU.
Alyssa Hendricks got hooked on opioids after a car accident when a doctor prescribed her pain pills...

Know Your Script: Parents Who Lost Daughter To Opioid Abuse Warn ‘It Can Be Anyone’

For many, prescription drug abuse started early. A Saratoga Springs family never dreamed this devastating problem would cost them so much.
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Mental Health Services To Expand in Rural Utah With $1 Million Grant

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute received a $1 million grant which will be used to expand mental health services in rural communities throughout Utah.
Coming to understand what Casey Scott’s addiction was truly like for his children only came recen...

Addiction Through A Daughter’s Eyes: How Teen’s Letter Impacted Casey Scott

Addiction is a family disease. It doesn't just affect the individual struggling, but everyone who loves them. Former KSL-TV feature reporter Casey Scott took that message to heart after reading a paper written by his 16-year-old daughter, Preslee.
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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.
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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.
Siblings Eli and Mia Carter-Smith of Salt Lake City were glad to have each other to play with durin...

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. 
Surviving through a pandemic can exact a toll on our mental health. But experts say there are ways ...

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.
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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.
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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.
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