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
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, www.afsp.org
- Mama Dragons, http://mamadragons.org
- I'll Walk With You, http://ldswalkwithyou.org