Many people have been making the assumption that suicide rates have been increasing due to the Covid-19 pandemic but this is not true for Utah. The Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition Executive Committee released this article and statements in efforts to clear up any misinformation.
Key quotes from the article:
“To date, our data shows that suicide rates during 2020 are what we would expect to see based on data from the same time period over the last five years. These findings are consistent with data from the U.S. and other high-income countries. The pandemic has not led to an increase in overall suicides in Utah. We will continue to monitor these trends closely in the weeks and months ahead.”
“Here in Utah, we continue to make important progress in preventing suicide. While suicide rates continued to rise across the country, Utah’s rates have plateaued since 2018. Significant statewide efforts, support from state and local policymakers, and additional resources are making a difference.”
If you or someone you know needs support, contact the Utah Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255, 24/7) or the Emotional Health Relief Hotline (1-833-442-2211, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 7 days/week), or the Utah Strong Recovery Project (call/text 385-386-2289, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., 7 days a week).
All resources are free.