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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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Utah Receives $23M In Federal Mental Health, Addiction Treatment Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said it is directing nearly $2.5 billion in block grants to states and territories for addressing mental illness and drug addiction.
1 year ago
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Shara Park & Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

What Can Parents Do Right Now To Help Monitor Their Children’s Mental Health?

Rebecca Dutson of the Children's Center tells us one of the best ways to see how your children are doing is asking them questions about their everyday life. 
1 year ago
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Dan Spindle & Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

988 Crisis Line Gets Funding Boost

If you or a family member are experiencing a mental health crisis, minutes can really be the difference between life and death. That's why the new 988 crisis line is big step forward for providing critical mental health care. 
1 year ago
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Ladd Egan, Shara Park & Matthew Jacobson, KSL TV

What Should Parents Watch For When Monitoring Their Kids’ Mental Health?

As families navigate the mental and emotional obstacles the pandemic has presented, there are a few simple things parents can do right now to monitor their children’s mental health.
1 year ago
A program in Utah called the Power of Hope brought new life to those suffering with mental health i...
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

New Program Offers Hope To Utahns Struggling With Mental Health

A program in Utah brought new life to those suffering with mental health issues. KSL TV spoke to one woman who never thought she'd still be alive until the Power of Hope program found her.
1 year ago
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Matt Rascon, KSL TV

Colleagues Remember Physician’s Life, Urge Others To Seek Help For Mental Health

Health care workers and friends gathered at Riverton Hospital Friday to remember Dr. Cesar Briganti, who they say died by suicide after a yearslong struggle with depression that was magnified during the pandemic.
1 year ago
Michelle Nelson of Salt Lake City lost her son to suicide two years ago....
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

University Of Utah Researchers Discover Genes Linked To Suicide

Researchers at University of Utah Health's Huntsman Mental Health Institute have detected more than 20 genes that may play a role in suicide.
2 years ago
Kimberly Andelin of South Jordan served as a combat medic in Iraq. She came home feeling completely...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Utah Veteran Fights Her Way Back From The Brink

Military deaths by suicide have increased by as much as 20% this year, and the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System is changing the way it treats mental health.
2 years ago
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Ashley Moser, Keri Wilcox & Aley Davis, KSL TV

The Quiet Crisis: KSL Surveys Firefighters Statewide On Mental Health

Since 2012, suicides have outpaced line of duty deaths for first responders nationally. It is a statistic Utah's firefighters are not immune to, and departments across the state are making changes to address this quiet crisis.
2 years ago
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Aley Davis, KSL TV

Utah Couple Runs Mormon Historic Pioneer Trail To Bring Awareness To Mental Health

People who have run marathons know it usually takes months and months of preparation, but how about running more than 50 marathons back to back to back? One Utah couple hit the road a couple months ago to do just that, and to spread awareness about mental health.
2 years ago
A number of families across Utah are facing grief at a time when being connected feels dangerous be...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Utah Steps Up Help For Families Facing Grief From Suicide, Drug Overdose & COVID

A number of families across Utah are facing grief at a time when being connected feels dangerous because of COVID-19, so the state is stepping up efforts to support families in the critical days after a traumatic loss.
2 years ago
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Garna Meija & Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Grieving Family Finds Dead Brother’s Storage Unit

UPDATE: Members of a heartbroken family who were searching for their dead brother’s storage unit have found his belongings.
2 years ago
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Garna Meija, KSL TV

Grieving Family Desperate To Find Dead Brother’s Storage Unit

A grieving family is asking for the public's help to find their dead brother’s storage unit somewhere in the Provo area.
2 years ago
Rep. Ben McAdams announces his bill passed Congress and is now going to the President for his signa...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Rep. McAdams Bill Exploring Link Between Elevation, Veteran Suicides

Utah Congressman Ben McAdams has focused his efforts on the suicide risk of our veterans, sponsoring a new bill that would allow researchers to further explore a connection between living in high altitudes and being at-risk for suicide. 
2 years ago
The early morning sun strikes the U.S. Capitol November 6, 2006. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images...
Aley Davis, KSL TV

Congress Approves ‘988’ For National Suicide Hotline Number

Utahns will be able to reach the National Suicide Prevention hotline by just dialing three numbers beginning the summer of 2022.
2 years ago
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Jed Boal, KSL TV

Veteran Returns To ‘Heroes Haven’ Program To Help Others Battling PTSD

As many as 800,000 American troops battle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after combat deployments during the last two decades. Some don’t get the help they need because they don’t believe they have a real problem.
2 years ago
Luda Siliga is able to enjoy life and his family again. (KSL-TV)...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Heroes Haven Saves Soldier, Family From Toll Of PTSD

A Utah combat veteran broke down some of the barriers to his healing process for the unseen wounds of war, like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and suicidal thoughts.
2 years ago
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Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Salt Lake Fire Captain Uses Own Struggles To Help Others Firefighters

With his broad shoulders and tall height, all it takes is one look and you could probably guess Mike Stevens is a firefighter.
2 years ago
Kim Naylor still makes chocolate chip waffles for her son’s friends. They were Jack’s favorite....
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Utah’s Suicide Rate Appears To Be Stable During Pandemic, But Calls To Crisis Line Have Increased

Utah is defying national trends - we've seen fewer suicides during the pandemic. But that doesn't mean we're out of danger. One family is helping save lives after loss.
2 years ago
Although Jane Smith says she looks nothing like her mom, she shares her outgoing personality. (KSL-...
Aley Davis, KSL TV

Survivors Of Suicide Loss Still Walking In Honor Of Loved Ones

The pandemic has changed what the Out of Darkness Walk will look like this year, but it hasn't changed the commitment these families feel to prevent this from happening to anyone else.
2 years ago
Utah Army veteran Kenny King broke a 22-day fast to raise awareness for veteran suicide on Friday. ...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Army Veteran Fasts 22 Days To Raise Awareness For Veteran Suicide

The 9/11 attacks were a call to arms for many Utahns eager to serve. Some of those warriors, who did their duty, now struggle with invisible wounds, like PTSD and thoughts of suicide. That’s why one Utah combat veteran is doing what he can to share hope for fellow veterans.
2 years ago
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