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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.
Jessica Preece, a professor in Provo, got a new puppy and chickens as consolation prizes in a rough...

Having Realistic Expectations For 2021 Is Important, Doctors Warn

Many of us are banking on 2021 being a better year but the reality is we face many months before life starts getting back to normal. Experts say there are dangers in having unrealistic expectations.
Jessica Bland (second from the left) started a Show and Tell group on Zoom to stay socially active ...

Tips To Avoid Effects Of Social Isolation Brought On By Pandemic

By wearing masks and social distancing we many have avoided COVID-19, but chances are several people have been unable to dodge one of its serious side effects – social isolation. No one is immune, but there are some things you can do about it.
Jennifer Mullen’s postpartum depression hit a tipping point last spring. (Photo: Heather Simonsen...

Utah’s New, Expectant Mothers Report Struggles During COVID-19

In the last eight months, the new Huntsman Mental Health Institute has seen a massive increase in mental health problems among new and expectant mothers.
Michelle Nelson of Salt Lake City lost her son to suicide two years ago....

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.
Bear River Mental Health in Logan. (Mike Anderson, KSL TV)...

Mental Health Demands Of Pandemic Taking Toll On Counselors

Therapists are working hard to keep up and see more people during the COVID-19 pandemic, but hearing about it can impact them emotionally as well.
The Merrill family loves to play games together to stay busy during the pandemic.  (KSL TV)...

Meet Emotional Needs Of Children While Protecting Your Parents From COVID-19

CEDAR CITY, Utah – The coronavirus has provided unique challenges for multigenerational families living under the same roof. A Cedar City family has found ways to keep their grandfather healthy and meet the social and emotional needs of their children. When Susan Merrill moved her family to Utah two years ago, she took her 84-year-old […]
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The Quiet Crisis: Utah Law Enforcement Share Mental Health Struggles With KSL

In 2018, more police died by suicide in the United States than died in the line of duty. And the number of law enforcement suicides went up dramatically in 2019. KSL heard from officers statewide about their mental health struggles in an exclusive survey.
Kimberly Andelin of South Jordan served as a combat medic in Iraq. She came home feeling completely...

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.
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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.
Chad Burnside has been a firefighter with the West Valley City Fire Department for nearly 14 years....

Occupational Trauma Program Offers Help To First Responders Struggling With Mental Health

First responders frequently deal with traumatic events that impact their mental health, and those experiences can change the way they experience the community where they live.
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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.
FILE (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)...

Americans Feeling More Stress In 2020 Election Than In 2016

A poll by the American Psychological Association found that two-thirds of U.S. adults said the presidential election is stressing them out this year, compared to just over half of adults in 2016.
The opioid epidemic has taken a terrible toll on American military veterans, as many try to manage ...

Salt Lake VA Develops New Approach To Curb Opioid Use Among Veterans

The opioid epidemic has taken a terrible toll on American military veterans. Many try to manage pain from battle wounds with the painkillers and get addicted. But doctors with the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Healthcare system have developed a different approach and are sharing it with others.
USU implemented a mask mandate across its Logan campus....

Stressed Freshmen Missing Quintessential College Experience

It’s a major life milestone, the first time many U.S. teens have ever been on their own. Even in normal times, freshman year in college can be a jumbled mix of anticipation, uncertainty and emotional highs and lows.
A number of families across Utah are facing grief at a time when being connected feels dangerous be...

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.
FILE: Intermountain Medical Center in Murray....

Intermountain Healthcare To Hold Virtual Mental Health Event

Intermountain Healthcare announced a virtual event to connect people dealing with mental health challenges, especially during this time of social isolation and uncertainty.
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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.
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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.
Rep. Ben McAdams announces his bill passed Congress and is now going to the President for his signa...

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. 
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Study: COVID-19 Takes Increasing Mental Toll

Aside from the physical toll of COVID-19, a new study and mental health professionals have reported an increase in cases of depression, anxiety and loneliness.
Heather Okiishi lost her husband, Mark, in 2016. (Photo provided by Heather Okiishi)...

Sandy Widow Organizes Charity To Support People Who Lose Spouses

When a Sandy woman lost her husband, she reached out to other widows and widowers. It was so helpful that she decided to organize to make a bigger impact.
The early morning sun strikes the U.S. Capitol November 6, 2006. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images...

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.
Zachary Howser  (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.
Luda Siliga is able to enjoy life and his family again. (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.
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