SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – From suicide prevention efforts to helping to better Utah’s rural economy, Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox has been involved in addressing many of the states big issues. 

Cox stops by Inside Utah Politics to discuss his recent involvement in some of these key issues and why they are so important to him. 

One subject that became a really big issue during this year’s Utah Legislative Session was suicide prevention. 

“This is a problem across the country and unfortunately in Utah and especially teen suicide. We have seen those numbers just going up exponentially. The legislature stepped up in a big way. So we were able to get a couple million dollars specifically for the programs that we talked about out of the Suicide Task Force that will help with mental health intervention, hope squads in schools and will get the resources that we need to students, parents and families to help combat this unfortunately growing problem in the state,” Cox said. 

He also speaks on why the subject of suicide prevention is so personal to him and what made him decide to share his personal story with the public. 

“I shared my experience growing up as a teenager in a small town in rural Utah. I went through some dark times in middle school and thought often about taking my life. Fortunately, that didn’t happen and I’m here to show that you can get through that and there are good things waiting on the other side of those problems,” said Cox. 

He also talks about how to continue strengthening the economy in rural Utah as well as whether or not he intends to run for governor in 2020.