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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.
Valentina, 12, and her mom Monica Lopez talk about the wait for a therapist....

Bridging the treatment gap: Solutions for families waiting to connect a teen with a therapist

The average wait for a mental health care provider for a new patient referral in Utah is between two to six months. But experts say there are tools available to help bridge the treatment gap.
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Teens need to learn early about the signs of abusive relationships

Advocates said it's important for young people to start learning about good and bad relationships early.
Lauryn Batista uses scribbles to help illustrate how she feels sometimes. (KSL TV)...

Visualizing the Conversation about Mental Health

Southern Utah University art student Lauryn Batista wants to talk about scribbles. That’s how she visualizes the anxiety and depression she’s dealt with for the past few years.
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Weber School District creates Happiness Hotline

Need a pick me up, life advice, or words of encouragement? Try calling the Happiness Hotline (833-88-HAPPY), a free resource created by students and faculty in the Weber School District.
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Kids In Crisis: Supporting your children with the right conversations

If you're the parent to teenage kids, you know getting them to talk isn't always easy -- and yet they need your help now more than ever.
This summer, every state will be rolling out 988 as the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline nu...

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.
Vet Jarvie Curtis plays with his new service puppy Lima. (KSL TV)...

Puppy power helps Utah vets battle PTSD

Our military service members put their lives on the line for us, pushing themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally to protect our freedoms.
A view of the city of Mariupol, which has sustained immense damage under constant shelling and atta...

‘Social Media War’ can lead to psychological trauma

In recent years, mental health professionals have learned a lot about the traumatic impacts of war on troops and civilians in the war zone. Research shows the war in Ukraine can also have traumatic psychological impacts on people many miles away.
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New study finds virtual schooling has negatively impacted mental health for college students

Mental health has declined for many college students who experienced virtual schooling during the pandemic — that’s one of the findings of a new study released by the Utah-based company, Qualtrics.
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Weapon removed from Draper school after student reports it through SafeUT app

Administrators say a weapon was safely removed from the Draper Park Middle School campus after a concerned student reported the weapon through the SafeUT app.
The Jordan School District created Wellness Centers in 15 schools. (John Wilson, KSLTV)...

West Jordan schools provide mental wellness rooms for stressed students

A room at an elementary school in West Jordan is getting a lot of attention for helping students with mental health concerns.
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Teen treatment: Advice for parents seeking residential treatment options

Utah's $400 million troubled teen industry is facing renewed scrutiny as more than two dozen former residents allege mistreatment and abuse in a new lawsuit.   
Mindy Brown teaches her 5-year-old daughter, Mac, healthy ways of coping with tough emotions....

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.
A rendering of the new Mental Health Center in South Salt Lake....

Plans unveiled for Huntsman Mental Health Institute clinic in South Salt Lake

New plans released Thursday show what an innovative mental health care center in Salt Lake County will look like, and the plans showcase how it’ll do much more than just help people in crisis.
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Purdue Pharma, US states agree to new opioid settlement

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and U.S. states have agreed to a new settlement of opioid lawsuits.
Rachel Jackson hopes to foster a healthy relationship with food in her kids.  (KSL TV)...

Eating disorders spiraling during the pandemic, experts say 

Eating disorders will affect 29- million Americans in their lifetime. Being out of a routine and living in an uncertain world has led to abnormal eating, especially among teens. A psychiatrist explains how parents can help.
Kids and parents teamed up to make huevos rancheros a salad, and a smoothie in Kearns Tuesday morni...

Cooking class creates family bonds and can help prevent underage drinking 

Huevos rancheros, orange and jicama salad, and a smoothie were on the menu at a cooking class Tuesday morning to combat underage drinking. 
Scott Jolley was an emergency physician at Intermountain Healthcare before he took his life in 2021...

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.
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‘Healing Out Loud’ short film contest invites students to talk about mental health

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) and University of Utah Health are creating a short film contest titled,  “Healing Out Loud,” to encourage college students to have open and inclusive conversations about mental health.
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Jordan School District giving teachers a ‘heath and wellness day’

Teachers in the Jordan School District are taking some time out Friday as part of their first-ever health and wellness day.
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Pandemic fatigue? Here’s what experts from Huntsman Mental Health institute suggest

If you’re feeling frustrated, exhausted, or angry because it doesn’t seem the pandemic will ever end, you’re not alone.
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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."
Natalee Fox works as a travel agent in her home office. Her profession has been hit hard by the pan...

Building ‘mental antibodies’: 6 ways to cope with pandemic fatigue

Feeling exhausted, frustrated, or hopeless? These are common feelings weighing Utahns down as omicron spikes, and the setbacks seem endless. A psychiatrist has suggestions on how to build up your mental antibodies.
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Canyons School District offers new mental health screenings for students

Mental health continues to be a big issue for students during the pandemic. Part of the problem is identifying students who might have some challenges with mental health, even if the student doesn't know it themselves. That's why the Canyons School District will hold another screening for students.
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