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The COVID-19 Shutdown On Our Mental Health


Not in recent memory has the question “How are you feeling” been asked by so many with such sincerity.

The COVID-19 shutdown, the uncertainty of how long all of this will last and what the impact will be – not to mention the extra stress induced by an earthquake and aftershocks – has Utahns and beyond feeling fragile. We take our 11 a.m. hour on Friday to look closely at what isolation means to our mental health, social creatures that we are, and what relief we can find in this difficult time.

Anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or knows of a victim in Salt Lake City is encouraged to call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000 and ask to speak with a victim advocate or call these other lines:

  • Tthe Utah Domestic Violence Coalition at 800-897-5465.
  • The Salt Lake City Police Department’s crisis line is 801-580-7969. 
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.
  • The YWCA can be reached at (801) 537-8600.

KUER reporter Jon Reed recently reported on an increase in domestic violence calls throughout Salt Lake City. For more information and helpful resources, read his article here.

Anyone struggling with their mental health during this tough time can reach out to the Utah state crisis hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or reach out to these other resources:


  • Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University
  • Kristin Hodson, licensed Clinical Social Worker, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, founder and executive director of The Healing Group.  
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.