Mental Health is an ongoing issue within the Utah community. According to Utah Department of Health, the average total charges per year for ER visits and hospitalizations for suicide attempts was $4.2 million for Utah youth. This number is astonishing due to the fact that more and more people are suffering from a mental illness each year, and many people do not have the money to afford to get the help they need to stay happy. An average of 557 Utahns die from suicide and 4,543 Utahns attempt* suicide each year. Youth ages 10 to17 comprise 13.0% of the Utah population, 5.1% of all suicides,1 and 22.7% of all suicide attempts. And according to KUED.org suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in ages 15-44. Nine times as many people die by suicide in Utah annually than by homicide; the total deaths to suicide re ect a total of 13,185 years of potential life lost (YPLL) before age 65. I think it’s crazy that someone dies due to suicide every 40 seconds, and so many people’s lives can be
In Utah, we are made up of a large group of Mormons, that often control a lot of the ongoing issues within the Salt Lake region. In Huffington Post– they say In 2014 (the year the most recent data is available), the % Mormon in a U.S. state is associated with a higher level of youth suicides in that state. This relationship holds even after statistically controlling for other potential causal factors of suicide such as elevation (altitude), rates of gun ownership, rates of serious mental illness, rural vs. urban, state spending on mental health, and a variety of demographic and socioeconomic factors. None of these factors are associated with an increase in levels of youth suicides in a state between 2009 and 2014 except for % Mormon in a state. Further analysis finds that this relationship is due solely to the increase in youth suicides in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming – the three states with the largest Mormon population in the country. They also say that people within the LGBTQ+ community have a higher percentage of suicide rates, due to the fact that they feel unwelcomed, and not equal to others.
The topic of mental health is a very controversial topic, and it is becoming more and more commonly talked about today. The price of happiness is worth it.Tags: anxiety happiness mental illness