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Utah Warmline Provides Resource For Mental Health

SALT LAKE CITY, UtahChances are, almost everyone in the state of Utah has had friends or family members struggling with some kind of mental health crisis. And just like there is no one-size-fits-all medicine for physical sicknesses and injuries, mental health requires a large tool kit to help people overcome difficult challenges.

“Reducing stigma and expanding resources for suicide prevention and awareness is really critical,” said Rachel Lucynski with the Huntsman Mental Health Institute

Lucynski spoke about one of the vital tools in Utah’s fight to change the conversation about mental health.

And that starts with just having a conversation.

Many people have heard the term hotline – but they may not be aware of the statewide Warmline that provides someone who will listen when there isn’t a crisis necessarily – but someone struggling is looking to be heard and understood.

“It’s staffed by our team of certified peer support specialists,” Lucynski said. “And so those folks have their own personal lived experience with previous mental health challenges or maybe substance use disorders. And they’ve actually sought treatment and are in a period of recovery.”

If you or someone you know needs help, and that could be just talking to someone who knows what they’re going through, the statewide Warmline is 833-SPEAK-UT.

It’s not a crisis line, so in the event of an emergency, the Warmline wouldn’t be the best resource, but there are so many ways to help those we love get the help they need.

When it comes to young people who oftentimes don’t feel comfortable talking, The Safe UT app is always the best first line of defense when fighting for good mental health.

SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES 

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or exhibiting warning signs, call the Utah State Crisis Line1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

Additional Crisis Hotlines 

  • National Suicide Prevention Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741 
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386 

Online resources 

In an emergency 

  • Call 911 
  • Go to the emergency room 
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