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LGBTQ Youth, Faith, and Crisis

Chart, Utah suicide deaths per 100,000, ages 10-17.  17 in 2011 to 44 in 2015, 32 in 2016, and 42 in 2017.
Elaine Clark / KUER

Utah has seen a staggering increase in youth suicide and some advocates blame LDS Church policies. Wednesday, we’re asking what the research shows and how religion can hurt or help kids in crisis.

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This weekend is the Love Loud Festival. It’s a music event created by Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons aimed at raising awareness of the risk LGBTQ youth face when they aren’t accepted by their Mormon communities. In Utah, advocacy groups point to the staggering increase in youth suicide and some blame LDS Church policies. So Wednesday, we’re asking what we can say about the causes of youth suicide in Utah, how religion can hurt or help, and what we should be doing to save our kids.

If you need help, contact Utah's CrisisLine at 801-587-3000 or download the SafeUT mobile app from the Apple and Google Play stores.



Additional Resources:

  • National LGBT Youth Crisis & Support Lifeline, 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) / www.thetrevorproject.org
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Call 1-800-273-8255
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, www.afsp.org
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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