Live On is a statewide effort to prevent suicide: how can you help save a life?
(Good things Utah) – Every 5 years, the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition releases a new plan to prevent suicide in Utah. This plan, published on October 21, 2021, focuses on:
- Increase access to mental health and behavioral health services.
- Reduce the stigma surrounding mental / behavioral health issues.
- Create safe environments for schools, workplaces, congregations, etc.
- Teach coping skills to youth and adults.
- Provide support to people in mourning.
- Collect data to inform future prevention strategies
By doing ALL of these things, the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition believes we can reduce suicides in our state.
An important part of the state’s plan to prevent suicide is to encourage people to seek help and access resources through Live On Utah.
Live On is a statewide effort to prevent suicide by promoting education, providing resources, and changing our culture around suicide and mental health. If you listen to or read this post, you play a role in suicide prevention
Visit Live of for resources in English and Spanish on how to get help and give help. To learn more about how state and local partners are working together on a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention, check out the state’s plan on this topic. website. You can also see the billboard on the roads of Utah!
During the pandemic, we have not seen an increase in suicide deaths. But we’ve seen an increase in the number of people reaching out to the Utah Crisis Line, suggesting more Utahns are asking for help and receiving resources.
Utah Crisis Line (in association with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) 1.800.273.TALK (8255).
Live we encourage everyone in Utah to learn the warning signs of suicide so that we can recognize when family members, friends or coworkers may be in trouble.
- Talk about suicide, including phrases like “I just want to fall asleep and never wake up” or “If x happens, I’ll kill myself”.
- Talk about feeling hopeless, including phrases like “what’s the point? And “Nothing is going to get better.”
- Talk about feeling like a burden, including phrases like “They would be better off without me.”
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Withdraw from activities
- Finding ways to kill yourself
- Isolation from family and friends
- Change in sleep patterns
- Depression, anxiety, loss of interest, irritability, humiliation, agitation or rage
- Sudden calm or unexplained euphoria after a long period of depression
- Say goodbye or donate goods
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