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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

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
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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.

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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
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