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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.
Parent Kristen Pexton said the SHARP survey gave an insight into what's happening with her teenager...

How helpful is Utah’s SHARP survey? Parents have just days to give input

Utah parents have one more week to give their feedback on the State Board of Education's decision to pull its support for the Student Health and Risk Prevention survey, otherwise known as SHARP.
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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.
Carla Jones, center, was joined by her daughter and a friend at the Out of the Darkness Walk in Wes...

‘We miss her’: Annual Out of the Darkness Walk helps raise awareness of suicide

A crowd of thousands, and nearly $250,000 raised — all for the fight against suicide at the annual Out of the Darkness Walk in West Jordan Saturday morning
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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.
Dana Clemmer shares photos of her daughter Talyn with KSL's Ayanna Likens. (KSL TV)...

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 […]
Intermountain healthcare launched a new mental health resource that will visit children and teens i...

A new free mental health resource in Utah will visit children in their moment of crisis

Intermountain Healthcare launched a new mental health resource for children and teens. The Stabilization Mobile Response unit (SMR) is designed to go to your home in a discreet way to help your child in crisis. The service is free.
Rachael Jasperson, the Zero Suicide Program Manager at Huntsman Mental Health Institute, talks with...

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.
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Dance is a unique way to help improve your mental health

As mental health crises continue to rise, there are ways to help cope with the stress and anxiety of the day-to-day world.  
Joe Tuia’ana of Lehi came across a stranger going through a suicide crisis. He saved that man's l...

‘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.
Jackson Eyre showing his shirt with "The world’s a better place with you in it." message....

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.
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Mental health tips for parents of kids heading to college

Dropping off a college freshman is a bittersweet moment. Your child’s world is about to change and so is yours, and that can be hard to take in for some of us.
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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.
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Salt Lake Co. offers workshop for teens struggling with body image

For the first time, Salt Lake County Youth Services is offering a free workshop for teens who struggle with body image issues.
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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.
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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.
The number for the national suicide prevention hotline, 988....

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.
Posters at the Department of Health and Human Services offers advice on preventing and getting over...

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.
LGBTQ teens at an Encircle activity....

Parents’ support key to mental health among LGBTQ+ youth, experts say

Nearly 20 percent of adults in the U.S. live with a mental health condition. In the LGBTQ+ community, that number is three times higher. Experts say family support is crucial to an adolescents’ mental health.
Officer Casey Burton saved a man from a drug overdose in Liberty Park with Naloxone. (KSL TV)...

‘He was super thankful’: Police officer saves man from overdose at Liberty Park

Liberty Park is a busy place as the weather warms. Tuesday an alert Salt Lake City Police Officer came across a man who was struggling to stand. The officer was in the right place to save a man from a drug overdose.
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Elite Utah athlete talks about her struggles with mental health

Athletes are disciplined, strong-willed, and dedicated but they don’t always have it all together.
FILE: In this photo illustration, the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on August 7, 2020 ...

TikTok and social media can distort mental health information for teens

Teens, just like adults can find themselves scrolling through video after social-media video. The billion — yes billion — users on TikTok are primarily teens and some mental health professionals have stated the platform is negatively impacting the mental health crisis.
The SafeUT app provides real-time crisis intervention for people in immediate distress....

Experts: SafeUT app has helped thwart threats at Utah schools

The SafeUT app was launched more than five years ago as a response to a public health crisis with suicide. That app has also helped thwart violent attacks at schools.
Members of the community gather at a City of Uvalde Town Square for a prayer vigil in the wake of a...

Psychologist gives advice for parents to talk to children about school shootings

Outrage and heartbreak have gripped the country after 19 children and two adults were massacred at Ross Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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Utah 2021 Student Survey: Mental health concerns increase while drug use decreases

A 2021 survey of Utah students shows the impact of the pandemic on their lives with an increase in mental health concerns but a decrease in substance use.
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