In Utah more adults have thought about or attempted suicide than anywhere else in the U.S. Statistics show that on average a Utahn dies every 16 hours by suicide.
It’s time we do something.
Kim Myers is a coordinator at Utah Suicide Prevention.
“Many people consider suicide at some point,” she said. “Most don’t attempt and most who attempt and survive, never go on to die from suicide. There is a lot of hope in that- there is an incredible amount of resilience in people in our communities,” she said.
Myers says the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition envisions a world without suicide.
“We envision a world where our communities are connected, people develop necessary skills, we have access to the care they need and this is a world without suicide,” said Myers.
She says the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition outlines risk factors and protective factors we need to address. This includes access to care and support, making sure people who are experiencing a crisis do not have access to harmful medication and firearms, and to build skills in individuals and families to be able to cope with and navigate the tough times we go through in life.
What can you do?
- Get educated. Take a training. Just like we want everyone trained in CPR and First Aid to help in a physical health crisis we have Mental health First Aid and QPR to prepare people to help in a suicide and mental health crisis. (request a training at www.utahsuicideprevention.org under the training tab)
- Know what to look for– any changes that are cause for concern are reason enough to engage and start a conversation.
- Isolation and withdrawing, changes in mood, changes in sleep, talking of being a burden or feeling hopeless. Act on it when you see these.
- Know the resources- Get our your phones now and program the Utah Suicide Prevention Lifeline into your phone-1-800-273-TALK (8255), download the SafeUT app (Apple, Android), and ask around to identify a few providers in your community who you can refer to.
- Connect– be involved with others. Reach out to people, notice people- notice changes, create opportunities to be with others. This may mean hosting a neighborhood pancake breakfast, taking someone dinner or cleaning their house when a family member is hospitalized for a suicide attempt, create time with your family that is free of electronics, volunteer.