To the editor:

The recent article about the Project Hope Squad at Green Canyon High School did a good job of pointing to the issues of adolescent mental health and suicide in Utah, and we all should thank the students and teachers of this and other Project Hope Squads for their efforts. Suicide rates are increasing nationally, and it is the second leading cause of death amongst adolescents. Utah and the Rocky Mountain states exhibit higher suicide rates, including the rates for young people.

Typically, such articles conclude by providing information to resources available, so that people who are vulnerable have directions to help. Some of these resources include: The national suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-TALK. A range of resources regarding prevention efforts and watching for the warning signs of mental health concerns can be found at http://hope4utah.com/resources/; this site also provides information regarding support groups for families and friends who need support after a loved one dies; and postvention strategies for schools and families. Other resources are available at the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition - https://utahsuicideprevention.org/, the SafeUT app, and local resources include https://www.facebook.com/CacheSuicidePreventionCoalition and Bear River Mental Health (BRMH) at http://www.health.utah.gov/vipp/pdf/Suicide/bear-river-suicide-resources.pdf. BRMH provides a range of counseling services on a sliding fee scale so that people with modest incomes can receive care.

James Evans

North Logan

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