“I wasn’t surprised when I heard the news,” said Templeton. “Each episode kept getting more and more frequent, and he wasn’t getting adequate care quick enough to fight it.”
Six officers were injured trying to put out the fire.
“He had no intention of harming the police officers,” said Templeton. “This is mental health at its craziest. This is psychosis.”
Templeton said psychosis is a disorder that caused her brother to black out and become unaware of his actions. They said Thursday was his third suicide attempt.
“The mental health care system has failed him,” said Budge. “If he got the help that he needed, what happened on Thursday could have been prevented.”
Budge said part of the reason why they’re advocating for mental health awareness is because law enforcement are at the forefront of the crisis.
“Our police officers are the ones that have to take on the bulk of this crisis,” said Budge. “We can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done, for saving my brother.”
All six Kaysville police officers are expected to make a full recovery. But as for Ivision, his sisters said he is still fighting for his life at the hospital. They hoping for a full recovery so that he could go back to being the brother that they know.
“If everything were to go to plan, Tyler will be on 25 acres of farmland with his animals by a pond,” said Templeton.
Ivison’s friends and family have set up a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses. To donate, click here
The Utah Department of Health would like to remind Utahns that suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help, there’s the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit utahsuicideprevention.org.