Suicide Prevention

Since the summer launch of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, the new three-digit number has seen...
Jacqueline Howard

New 988 mental health crisis line sees ‘eye-opening’ rise in calls, texts, chats in first 6 months, data shows

Since the summer launch of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, the new three-digit number has seen a significant rise in call volume
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Karah Brackin

Hope Squad works to provide mental health advocacy, suicide prevention in Utah schools

Thanks to Hope Squad, a Utah-based program, students in elementary through high school are developing tools needed to care for themselves mentally and share that hope with others.
11 days ago
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LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press

FBI: Steep climb in teens targeted by online ‘sextortion’

The FBI sounded the alarm Monday about an explosive increase in teenage boys being targeted online and extorted for money after being tricked into sending sexually explicit pictures.
1 month ago
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Tamara Vaifanua

SafeUT exchanges more than 1 million messages, conducts 349 life-saving interventions

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.
2 months ago
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Ayanna Likens

Coming together on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

While the loss of a loved one is always difficult, losing someone to suicide can add another level of pain to your grief. Saturday is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day — a chance for families to come together for healing and support.
2 months ago
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Karah Brackin

Huntsman Mental Health partners with The Ad Council in multi-million dollar initiative

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute is teaming up with The Ad Council in an effort to reshape the conversations around mental health and help millions of Americans when they need it most.
3 months ago
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Karah Brackin

How an emoji can help people struggling with their mental health

Now, maybe more than ever, communities have focused on mental health and the importance of taking care of yourself. 
3 months ago
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Alex Cabrero

Widow of fallen Utah officer using experience to help others heal

Prioritizing our mental health no longer carries the negative stigma it used to, but it all starts with getting help. A Utah County woman who lost her husband in the line of duty eight years ago knows about as well as anyone how important this is.
3 months ago
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Ayanna Likens

How the nation’s mental health leaders came together to stop the stigma

The National Mental Health summit brings together leaders from across the country to align on the same goal — ending the stigma surrounding mental health.
4 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.
4 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.
4 months ago
Doves were released at a UVU conference on suicide prevention in honor of lives lost to suicide. (K...
Tamara Vaifanua

1,200 attend UVU suicide prevention and awareness conference

One day, one conference with a lifetime of potential opportunities. That’s how organizers have summed up this year’s suicide prevention conference at Utah Valley University.
4 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.
4 months ago
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Ashley Moser

New nationwide 988 suicide and crisis hotline sees success in Utah

The new three-digit hotline has seen a 35% increase in calls from the old 10-digit number year-to-year.
5 months ago
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Ayanna Likens

Life’s Worth Living Foundation supports those struggling with mental health and loss survivors

TOOELE, Utah — The Life’s Worth Living Foundation in Tooele has provided support for those struggling with their mental health and supporting them through the grief of losing a loved one. The foundation supported Deborah Bush after losing her son Jayden to suicide in January of 2021. “It’s definitely not easy,” Bush said. Jayden was […]
5 months ago
Rachael Jasperson, the Zero Suicide Program Manager at Huntsman Mental Health Institute, talks with...
Ashley Moser

Talking about suicide is key to recovery and support

Experts say survivor support, or postvention, is critical to saving lives after a suicide or suicide attempt. And the first step is to talk about it.
5 months ago
Joe Tuia’ana of Lehi came across a stranger going through a suicide crisis. He saved that man's l...
Jed Boal

‘I loved him off the ledge’: Lehi man inspires suicide prevention playbook

As part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Utah launched a first-of-its-kind suicide prevention course taught on social media, or online. It’s called Live On Utah: a statewide effort to educate and prevent suicide.
5 months ago
Jackson Eyre showing his shirt with "The world’s a better place with you in it." message....
Peter Rosen

Salem teenager using a T-shirt and a message to connect people impacted by suicide

A Salem teenager is connecting with other teens who’ve been impacted by anxiety, depression, and suicide - with a T-shirt.
5 months ago
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Tamara Vaifanua

Mental health resources for U of U students

Navigating a new chapter as an incoming college freshman or even a returning student can be overwhelming. At the University of Utah, mental health first responders are stationed at each dorm ready to listen and provide support.
5 months ago
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Matt Rascon

KSL+ One man’s heart-shaped mission to prevent suicide

Mental health challenges continue across the state. This week, the story of one man’s mission to prevent suicide with reminders that people matter.
6 months ago
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Ayanna Likens

You can call or text new mental health resource (988)

The nation’s newest mental health resource isn’t just a phone call service – you can text it, too.
7 months ago
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Ayanna Likens

Utah’s connection to a national 3-digit suicide prevention hotline

It will soon be easier than ever to connect with mental health professionals across the country during a crisis as the three-digit phone number, 988, launches this Saturday.
7 months ago
Posters at the Department of Health and Human Services offers advice on preventing and getting over...
Jed Boal

How community postvention tool kit helps communities after a suicide

How our communities respond after a suicide death matters and that's why the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition created an online tool kit to help.
7 months ago
This summer, every state will be rolling out 988 as the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline nu...
Jacqueline Howard, CNN

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.
9 months ago
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