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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.
Certain video games designed by scientists to treat to depression improve Laurie Featherstone’s m...

U Of U Health Scientists Say Certain Video Games Improve Mental Health In Older Adults

Scientists are unlocking ways a common past-time can do wonders for the brain. Certain video games are treating mental illness.
New animated series called “My Life is Worth Living” hopes to prevent suicide among tee...

New Animated Series Aimed At Teens Says ‘My Life is Worth Living’

A new campaign in the fight against teen suicide is doing something creators say hasn’t been done before. They are running a series of animated stories on suicide prevention they call "My Life is Worth Living."
Simone Biles of Team United States looks on during the Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo ...

Simone Biles’ Decision To Put Mental Health First Is Teaching Moment For Utah Teens, Therapists Say

After withdrawing from the women's gymnastics team final and individual all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics because of mental health concerns, Simone Biles has received both public praise and harsh criticism.
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17:  Nathan Chen of the United States competes during the Men's S...

SLC Olympian May Understand Pressure Felt By Simone Biles More Than Most

Most people will never know the pressure Olympic athletes are under to perform but Nathan Chen does.
Simone Biles of Team United States is embraced by coach Cecile Landi during the Women's Team Final ...

Simone Biles’ Exit Highlights Importance Of Athletes’ Mental Health

Simone Biles withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics is shining a light on the mental health struggles of elite athletes.
NORWICH, CT - MARCH 23: Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on disp...

Utah Set To Receive $309 Million From Nationwide Opioid Settlement 

Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Attorney General Sean D. Reyes announced that Utah may is set to receive $309 million dollars as a part of a nationwide $26 billion settlement with a number of pharmaceutical companies who contributed to the opioid epidemic. 
Farmer Wade Eliason said he has 400 acres full of weeds instead of crops because of the severe drou...

Mental Health Growing Concern For Farmers During Drought 

Utah farmers have been hit hard, perhaps the hardest during the drought. With no end in sight, many farmers wondered how much longer they can hold on. 
19-year-old Jenna Webb identifies as queer. She first came out to her mom when she was in middle sc...

How To Best Support LGBTQ+ Youth Who Struggle With Depression, Anxiety 

Eighty-six percent of LGBTQ youth have experienced harassment at school and are twice as likely to experience hopelessness and sadness. Trans youth are twice as likely to experience depression and attempt suicide. One Provo teen shared her story as Pride Month wraps up.  
Marine Veteran John Cole (left) and  Sang Soo Yoon, Consul General of South Korea (second from left...

Top South Korean Diplomat Thanks Utah Veterans For Sacrifices

A top South Korean diplomat visited Salt Lake City to commemorate the Korean War and thank the Utah Veterans who fought to free their country seven decades ago.  
A South Davis Firefighter created a rap about suicide prevention....

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.
Jamie Bitton owns Progressive Preschool in South Ogden. (KSL TV)...

Child Care Crisis: Daycares, Preschools Struggle To Balance Children’s Needs With Costs

As more kids bring COVID-related stress to preschool, providers are facing a dual challenge of meeting the children’s needs during an employee shortage while not pricing out parents.
Officials break ground for the new Huntsman Mental Health Institute Center for Hope. (KSL TV)...

Officials Break Ground On New Mental Health Crisis Care Center In Utah

From sirens and handcuffs to compassionate, efficient care, Utah has taken a giant leap forward in how we treat mental health disorders.
Peter and Ann Cornish are walking in this weekend’s 18th Annual NAMIWalk Your Way fundraiser to b...

NAMI Utah Fights Mental Health Stigma With Annual NAMIWalks Your Way Fundraiser

Making mental health a priority, especially during such a challenging year, has never been more important. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah is hosting their 18th annual NAMIWalk Your Way fundraiser Saturday.
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May 20 Declared As ‘Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day’ In Utah

As part of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Gov. Spencer Cox declared Thursday as “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day” in Utah.
Ali's headstone. (Used by permission, Herbert Family)...

Post-Traumatic Growth: How To Find Meaning, Resilience & Strength In Adversity

Millions experienced disruption and loss during the global pandemic. Finding meaning and joy in the midst of that pain can be difficult. Research showed our most traumatic experiences can transform us in surprising ways.
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Local Business Encouraging Utahns To ‘Taco Bout’ Mental Health

May is mental health awareness month, and one local business is encouraging people to "taco 'bout" mental health.
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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.
Josh Whatcott retired from the South Jordan Police Department a few months ago and is now a certifi...

Former Police Officer Now Trained To Help First Responders With Mental Health

Deputies from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office have started the healing process after two of their own were shot in the line of duty. A former police officer wants them and other first responders to know there is help.
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US Suicides Dropped Last Year, Defying Pandemic Expectations

The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data.
Olivia Larsen was living at Oakridge Student Apartments when she says she was asked to leave after ...

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.
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BYU Studies Show Impact Of Stress Before Age 5

Traumatic childhood events may have something to do with girls' delinquency behaviors and parenting practices by fathers, according to two new mental health studies from BYU.
Alyssa Hendricks got hooked on opioids after a car accident when a doctor prescribed her pain pills...

Know Your Script: Parents Who Lost Daughter To Opioid Abuse Warn ‘It Can Be Anyone’

For many, prescription drug abuse started early. A Saratoga Springs family never dreamed this devastating problem would cost them so much.
(Used by Permission Huntsman Mental Health Institute)...

Mental Health Services To Expand in Rural Utah With $1 Million Grant

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute received a $1 million grant which will be used to expand mental health services in rural communities throughout Utah.
Coming to understand what Casey Scott’s addiction was truly like for his children only came recen...

Addiction Through A Daughter’s Eyes: How Teen’s Letter Impacted Casey Scott

Addiction is a family disease. It doesn't just affect the individual struggling, but everyone who loves them. Former KSL-TV feature reporter Casey Scott took that message to heart after reading a paper written by his 16-year-old daughter, Preslee.
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