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Utah: Support needed for suicide risk among students

Aug 22, 2018, Daily Utah Chronicle: Barron: Increase Mental Health Resources to Protect Utah’s Youth http://dailyutahchronicle.com/2018/08/23/barron-increase-mental-health-resources-to-protect-utahs-youth/ 1 in 10 high school students will attempt suicide this year, 1 in 3 will need serious medical attention, and 5,000 young Americans (15 to 25 years old) will die from self-inflicted injuries…. After the 7th suicide, Herriman High School officials and other community members began showering students with superficial support, everything from post-it notes with kind words to balloons bearing the message “You are worth more than gold!” … In the first Utah Core Standards for Health Education, it reads, “Students will demonstrate the ability to use knowledge, skills, and strategies related to mental and emotional health to enhance self-concept and relationships with others.” Teachers are encouraged to discuss the prevalence of mental illness in our state and educate their students about the resources available to address mental health issues. …