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Utah's Youth Suicide Problem

Hope Lives
Students at Lone Peak High School are learning how to best address the issue of youth suicide.

  Monday, we’re talking about Utah’s youth suicide problem. A recent report declared suicide the leading cause of death for the state’s 10- to 17-year-old kids. On top of that, the suicide rate here is more double the national average. Health officials, suicide prevention advocates, educators, and parents are struggling for answers, as are kids themselves. We’ll look at the many factors contributing to the problem and ask why suicide is such a problem here in Utah.

On Monday, September 12, at 7 p.m., KUED Channel 7 is airing a new locally-produced documentary called Hope Lives: Preventing Teen Suicide. DETAILS


Daniel Parkinson and Michael Barker's article "The LGBTQ Mormon Crisis: Responding to the Empirical Research on Suicide" appeared on the blog RationalFaiths.com. An expanded version of the article, combined with insights from a related article by Benjamin Knoll, was published in the Summer 2016 edition of the Mormon journal Dialogue (fee required).

If you or someone you know needs help or support:

  • LGBT Youth Crisis & Support Lifeline, The Trevor Project
    Trevor Lifeline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)
  • Utah Pride Empathy Line 
    24 hours a day 
  • SafeUT App
    Call Lifeline 1-800-273-8255The SafeUT Mobile App is available in the Apple and Google Play stores by searching “P3 Tips” and selecting “SafeUT.”
  • Utah Suicide Hotline
    Valley Mental Health
    Crisis Line, 24 hours / 7 days
    (801) 261-1442
  • American Foundation for Suicide Preventionwww.afsp.org
  • Mama Dragons, http://mamadragons.org
  • I'll Walk With You, http://ldswalkwithyou.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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