Utah ranks in the top 10 states for suicide death. While suicide is a leading cause of death and many people report thoughts of suicide, the topic is still largely met with silence and shame.
Utah Representative Steven Eliason joined us to talk about the Live On campaign, which was launched by the state along with private partners in May 2020. Live On is a statewide effort to prevent suicide by promoting education, providing resources, and changing our culture around suicide and mental health.
The Live On campaign recognizes that suicide is not a one-size fits all problem. The name of the campaign and the written typography of the logo serves as a representation of individuality and hope during these dark times for Utah citizens.
Data shows that Utah males have a significantly higher suicide rate compared to Utah females in every age group. And 85 percent of all gun-related deaths each year, are suicide deaths.
LiveOnUtah.org serves as a hub for resources, get help, give help, and getting involved.
If you are considering suicide, call the Utah Crisis Line (in association with the National Suicide Prevention lifeline) 1.800.273.TALK (8255) – you will be connected with a licensed professional for help.
If you are not in crisis, but seeking support, engagement, or encouragement, call the University of Utah Warm Line 801.587.1055 – you will be connected with a peer specialist for support.
Starting in Fall 2020, Live On will deploy tactics to educate our population, fight stigma, and empower with skills and resources. Together we can get through, reach out, lift up, look ahead, and Live On.
Visit liveonutah.org for resources on how to get help and give help, and also follow them at @liveonutah.