Suicide Prevention

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Jed Boal

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.
5 months ago
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Ashley Moser

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.
5 months ago
Dana Clemmer shares photos of her daughter Talyn with KSL's Ayanna Likens. (KSL TV)...
Ayanna Likens

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 […]
5 months ago
Rachael Jasperson, the Zero Suicide Program Manager at Huntsman Mental Health Institute, talks with...
Ashley Moser

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.
5 months ago
Joe Tuia’ana of Lehi came across a stranger going through a suicide crisis. He saved that man's l...
Jed Boal

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

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.
5 months ago
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Tamara Vaifanua

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.
5 months ago
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Matt Rascon

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.
6 months ago
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Ayanna Likens

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.
7 months ago
The number for the national suicide prevention hotline, 988....
Ayanna Likens

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.
7 months ago
Posters at the Department of Health and Human Services offers advice on preventing and getting over...
Jed Boal

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.
7 months ago
This summer, every state will be rolling out 988 as the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline nu...
Jacqueline Howard, CNN

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.
9 months ago
Mindy Brown teaches her 5-year-old daughter, Mac, healthy ways of coping with tough emotions....
Heather Simonsen

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.
11 months ago
Scott Jolley was an emergency physician at Intermountain Healthcare before he took his life in 2021...
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

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.
12 months ago
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Dan Rascon, KSL TV

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."
1 year ago
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Matt Rascon, KSL TV

Report: Demand jumped for mental health services in Utah in 2021 

Amid a record surge in COVID cases, demand for a far less visible illness reached a record high in 2021 in Utah, according to a new report from Huntsman Mental Health Institute. 
1 year ago
Alyson and George Deussen say their son, Stockton, dreamed of opening a diner....
Heather Simonsen, KSL TV

Parents of gay teen who died by suicide dedicated to helping other LGBTQ teens 

The LGBTQ community in Utah faces a significantly higher risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. Teens are at an even greater risk. The state's Suicide Prevention Plan is aimed at turning around the trend, and a family in North Salt Lake has made it their mission to help. 
1 year ago
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Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

U.S. Surgeon General: Teens struggling with mental health more than ever before 

A 2021 Advisory just released by The U.S. Surgeon General called “Protecting Youth Mental Health” painted a sobering picture of the mental health of America’s youth.  
1 year ago
Britain Covey #18 of the Utah Utes warms up before their game against the BYU Cougars September 11,...
Eliza Pace, KSL TV

Britain Covey promotes suicide prevention program, sharing personal loss

Britain Covey, wide receiver for the University of Utah's football program, announced his support for an equestrian and life skills training program for women after he lost two young cousins to suicide.
1 year ago
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Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Independent investigation will look at bullying in Davis School District

An independent investigation will be done into how the Davis School District handles reports of bullying. It comes after the death of Isabella "Izzy" Faith Tichenor, a 10-year-old girl who took her own life after her family says she was bullied at school.
1 year ago
Hope Squad members learn how to recognize if a student is struggling and may need help. (KSL TV)...
Ladd Egan, KSL TV

Preventing suicide is goal of ‘Hope Squad’ training in Utah

About 200 students traveled to Provo Thursday for training on how to help prevent suicide at their schools through a Hope Squad. 
1 year ago
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Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Number of Unified firefighters seeking mental health support doubles

Mental health continues to be a growing concern among first responders. In the past two years, the number of Unified Fire Authority firefighters seeking mental health support has doubled. KSL's Alex Cabrero spoke with some firefighters about that.
1 year ago
Jamie Buttars shows his gun safe.  (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Cafe owners offer safe place for customers to store their guns

The owners of one Cache Valley business are reaching out to help people in crisis by giving them a safe place to keep their guns.  
1 year ago
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Heather Simonsen and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Utah’s suicide rate remains flat, more people reaching out for help

Utah’s suicide rate has remained about the same for the last five years. Advocates say that’s a good thing. Heather Simonsen digs into the state’s next steps to save more lives.
1 year ago
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