Suicide Prevention

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.
3 days ago
Mindy Brown teaches her 5-year-old daughter, Mac, healthy ways of coping with tough emotions....
Heather Simonsen

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.
2 months ago
Scott Jolley was an emergency physician at Intermountain Healthcare before he took his life in 2021...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Family, friends hope proposed law will save lives one year after doctor’s death

It's been one year since a Utah doctor died by suicide. Those who loved him most are demanding change on Utah's Capitol Hill. They hope a proposed law could save lives.
3 months ago
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."
4 months ago
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Matt Rascon, KSL TV

Report: Demand jumped for mental health services in Utah in 2021 

Amid a record surge in COVID cases, demand for a far less visible illness reached a record high in 2021 in Utah, according to a new report from Huntsman Mental Health Institute. 
4 months ago
Alyson and George Deussen say their son, Stockton, dreamed of opening a diner....
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Parents of gay teen who died by suicide dedicated to helping other LGBTQ teens 

The LGBTQ community in Utah faces a significantly higher risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. Teens are at an even greater risk. The state's Suicide Prevention Plan is aimed at turning around the trend, and a family in North Salt Lake has made it their mission to help. 
5 months ago
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.  
5 months ago
Britain Covey #18 of the Utah Utes warms up before their game against the BYU Cougars September 11,...
Eliza Pace, KSL TV

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.
6 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.
6 months 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. 
6 months ago
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

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.
7 months ago
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Mike Anderson, KSL TV

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.  
7 months ago
Heather Simonsen and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

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.
7 months ago
The SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention for people in immediate distress....
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.
8 months ago
The Alpine School District Suicide Prevention Coalition produced postcards with instructions and re...
Ladd Egan, KSL TV

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.
8 months ago
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Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

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.
8 months ago
Greyson Mair was born on July 3, 2020. Exactly two months later, his father, Jordan Mair, took his ...
Aley Davis, KSL TV

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.
8 months ago
After losing her best friend to suicide in 2018, Wylee Mitchell started making t-shirts to promote ...
Aley Davis & Ashley Moser, KSL TV

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.
9 months ago
Abbi and Amanda McIntosh are suicide loss survivors. Abbi, age 8, lost her father and paternal gran...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

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.
9 months ago
A South Davis Firefighter created a rap about suicide prevention....
Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

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.
11 months ago
Madison Swenson, KSL TV

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.
1 year ago
Olivia Larsen was living at Oakridge Student Apartments when she says she was asked to leave after ...
Aley Davis & Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

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.
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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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