Local coalition trying to reduce Utah’s higher-than-normal suicide rates

Utah’s suicide and attempted suicide rates are higher than the national average but an organization is working hard to change those figures around. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2016_06_24_324_46334_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Thursday</a>, Emily Puglsey from the Bear River Health Department was a guest.

Puglsey helped start the Cache County Suicide Prevention Coalition which has support from such organizations as law enforcement and Bear River Mental Health.

She said the coalition has the resources and capacity to address after-crisis care, prevention and healing. She said many people don’t know what to do if you expect someone is in need of help, but it’s important to do something.

“You can text the hotline, you can call the hotline just to talk through some questions if you are just wondering,” Puglsey explained. “For parents with children, the schools are great resources. They have counselors there from Bear River Mental Health able to help you if you are worried.

“The bottom line is take action, don’t stay silent. Reach out to those around you to find some help. If you need to call the health department we can connect you with the right people.”

Pugley said there is a lot of valuable information on the suicide prevention  coalition’s <a href=”http://www.ccsuicideprevention.com/” target=”_blank”>website</a>. The crisis text line is 741-741 and can be used from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. More details about the coalition, or to schedule an educational training for suicide prevention, call (435) 792-6510.

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