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MENTAL HEALTH

For every person in the US who dies of suicide, twice as many die in Utah.

“Complete Health Indicator Report of Suicide.” Public Health Indicator Based Information System. Utah Department of Health.

Suicide is the leading cause of death among one of Utah’s youngest groups: teens aged 15-19. 

“Community Health Needs Assessment.” University of Utah Health

Suicide is the #1 cause of death for Utahns aged 10-17.

“Complete Health Indicator Report of Suicide.” Public Health Indicator Based Information System. Utah Department of Health.

Utah children as young as 9 years old have expressed thoughts of depression and suicide.

“Depression in children on the rise—how to help your child with their mental health.” The Scope Radio. University of Utah Health. June 15, 2020. 

Utah’s youth suicide rate has tripled in the last decade alone. 

“Violence and Injury Data.” Violence & Injury Prevention Program. Utah Department of Health

Utah’s overall suicide rate has soared above the national average for more than 20 years.

“Complete Health Indicator Report of Suicide.” Public Health Indicator Based Information System. Utah Department of Health

“Suicide.” National Institute of Mental Health

Lilith Shlosman suicide attempt

Aaron, Rick. “High school bullying drove Utah teen to attempt suicide.” abc4 News. December 2, 2017. 

Dylan Aranda suicide 

“Dylan Scott Aranda”. Legacy obituary. January 18, 2013. 

Chandler Voutaz suicide

Lovett, Ian. “One Teenager Killed Himself. Six More Followed.” The Wall Street Journal. April 12, 2019. 

More Utah teens die from suicide than the four other leading causes of death—poisoning, car accidents, homicide, and other injuries—combined. 

“Utah Deaths by Age and Gender.” Utah Health Rankings

In 2015, the nation’s average teen suicide rate stood at 4.2 per 100,000. That same year, Utah’s stood at a horrifying 11.1. 

Dark, Stephen. “Saving Lives”. University of Utah Health. March 4, 2019. 

Graph: Utah teen suicides 2000-2019

“Violence and Injury Data.” Violence & Injury Prevention Program. Utah Department of Health

In 2015, more than 4,500 Utahns tried to commit suicide.

“Suicide in Utah Youth.” Utah Department of Health Violence & Injury Prevention Program

Utah ranks 6th in the nation for highest # of suicides.

“Suicide Mortality By State.” National Center for Health Statistics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There are only 6 child psychiatrists for every 100k kids in Utah. The national average is twice that.

“Utah’s Mental Health System.” Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Utah Hospital Association. Last updated July 2020. 

“AACAP Releases Workforce Maps Illustrating Severe Shortage of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.” American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. April 12, 2018. 

SafeUT provides counseling to more than 734k students across the state.

“2018-2019 Annual Report.” SafeUT. University Neuropsychiatric Institute

In first six months alone, SafeUT NG was downloaded by more than 1,000 service members. 

“2019-2020 Annual Report.” SafeUT. University Neuropsychiatric Institute

SafeUT launched in 2016

“2018-2019 Annual Report.” SafeUT. University Neuropsychiatric Institute

In its most recent year, SafeUT received more than 30,000 tips and chats.

“2018-2019 Annual Report.” SafeUT. University Neuropsychiatric Institute

Since its creation, SafeUT app use has soared by more than 600%. 

“2018-2019 Annual Report.” SafeUT. University Neuropsychiatric Institute

1 in 5 adults suffer from poor mental health. 

“Utah’s Mental Health System.” Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Utah Hospital Association. Last updated July 2020. 

Utah ranks 51st for mental health resource access.

“Utah’s Mental Health System.” Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Utah Hospital Association. Last updated July 2020. 

In last 3 years, U has conducted 131 suicide research projects across 18 departments with funding of $125 million. 

Office of Sponsored Projects Database, accessed by Nafisa Masud, June 2020.

SafeUT NG supports 7,000 service members and their families.

Utah National Guard. Official Department of Defense Website

A third of Utah adults suffer from depression, and more than half lack access to treatment. 

“Utah’s Mental Health System.” Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Utah Hospital Association. Last updated July 2020. 

The Huntsman Foundation pledged $150 million to mental health care.

Winchester, Suzanne. “$150 Million Commitment from Huntsman Family Will Establish Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah.” University of Utah Health. November 4, 2019. 

UNI provides care through 170 licensed inpatient staff.

Juliana Briscoe, in an email message to Nafisa Masud. March 30, 2020. 

UNI provided 51,000+ unique encounters for inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment services.

Juliana Briscoe, in an email message to Nafisa Masud. March 30, 2020 

For the first time in a decade, Utah’s suicide rate has stabilized.

“State Suicide Prevention Programs FY 2019 Report.” Utah Department of Human Services

Julia worked with Ben McAdams to secure $2 million in funding for school suicide prevention programs. 

Tabin, Sara. “McAdams calls for more focus on suicide prevention in Utah, where it’s the No. 1 cause of death for children ages 10-17.” The Salt Lake Tribune. July 8, 2019. 

GALLERY

Teen Mother & Child is one of 16 services offered at South Main.

“Serving the South Salt Lake Community.” South Main Clinic. University of Utah Health. Accessed July 2020. 

South Salt Lake experiences, on average, more crime, unemployment, and poverty than other parts of the state.

“QuickFacts Utah; South Salt Lake City, Utah.” United States Census. Accessed July 2020. 

In the US, only 40% of teen mothers finish high school, and less than 2% go on to earn a college degree by age 30.

“Teen Pregnancy Prevention.” National Conference of State Legislatures. October 11, 2018. 

The Ryan White Act funds more than 2,500 HIV/AIDS prevention programs in the US.

“About the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.” Health Resources & Services Administration. Accessed July 2020.

As of 2016, nearly 60% of new HIV diagnoses are among Utahns aged 35 and younger.

“2018: Annual HIV Surveillance Report.” Utah Department of Health Bureau of Epidemiology. Accessed July 2020. 

PrEP is over 95% effective at preventing HIV.

“Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed July 2020. 

This PrEP clinic is the 2nd in the nation.

Dark, Stephen. “The PrEP Revolutionaries.” University of Utah Health. November 29, 2018. 

Since 2018, the clinic has served over 300 patients.

Adam Spivak, MD, interview with Nafisa Masud, July 2020.

The VA Salt Lake City covers 124,000 square miles and serves more than 143,000 veterans across Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. 

Jill Atwood, interview with Nafisa Masud, August 2020.

Redwood Health Center has 23 programs. 

“Redwood Health Center.” University of Utah Health. Accessed July 2020. 

In FY19, the clinic saw more than 170,000 unique encounters.

Scott Hunt, in an email message with Nafisa Masud, June 2020.

Approximately 60,000 refugees live in Utah….

“Refugees in Utah.” Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. April 2017. 

Originating from more than 46 countries and speaking 90 languages.

“Admissions and Arrivals.” US State Department Refugee Processing Center. Accessed July 2020. 

 RURAL HEALTH

The 20 percent of Americans who live in rural regions.

"What Is Rural America?" Census Bureau. August 9, 2017.

80 percent are considered medically underserved. 

"Health Care Deserts: Nearly 80 Percent of Rural U.S. Designated as 'Medically Underserved'. KHN.org. September 30, 2019.

Their life expectancies run a full decade shorter.

"Widening rural-urban disparities in life expectancy, U.S., 1969-2009." American Journal of Preventive Medicine. February 2014.

Rates of poverty, obesity, and diabetes are nearly 25 percent higher.

"CDC: More Obesity in U.S. rural counties than in urban counties." CDC. June 14, 2018.

While 130 rural hospitals across the US have closed since 2010, not a single one in the Beehive State has suffered the same fate.

"State-by-state breakdown of 130 rural hospital closures." Becker's Hospital Review. June 8, 2020.

Of Utah's doctors aged 35 and younger, only 3 percent practice in rural counties.

"The Racial and Ethnic Composition and Distribution of Primary Care Physicians." Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. March 28, 2018

In 2017, no doctors practicing in San Juan County were under the age of 35.

"Complete Health Indicator Report - Physician Distribution." Utah's IBIS. October 17, 2019.

10% of Utahns live in rural areas. 

"Utah - Rural Definitions. State Level Maps." USDA. 2018.

7.9% of physicians practice in rural communities.

Every year, so many rural physicians retire that the state would need 19 new ones just to fill their shoes.

Rural students who receive multiple years of medical training are 1- times more likely to practice in a rural setting.

Intensive third-year rural curriculum and community preceptorships can increase the recruitmentrate of rural students by 59%.

RUUTE's IMPACT ACROSS THE STATE

75 Medical residents and students worked 800 hours in clerkship rotations in 23 rural communities

Last year, they visited 52 schools in 15 Utah counties

They devoted 107 hours to presentations for 2,885 students

Little RUUTEs reached an additional 307 K-12 students

In total, RUUTE staff and students drove 27,547 miles around Utah and spent 149 total weeks volunteering in rural communities

University of Utah School of Medicine Rural and Underserved Utah Training Experience program.

The unemployment rate on the Navajo Nation hovers around 55 percent.

"Navajo Nation 2010 Population Profile." Navajo Division of Health and Navajo Epidemiology Center. December 2013.

A quarter of the population lives without running water or electricity.

"For many on the Navajo Nation, getting water requires travel, a wait in long lines and lots of patience." Salt Lake Tribune. July 25, 2020.

Only 13 grocery stores serve an area the size of West Virginia.

"Thirteen grocery stores: The Navajo Nation is a food desert." Planet Forward. December 10, 2019. 

One-third of residents struggle with diabetes and prediabetes while nearly half are obese or overweight.

"Obesity and Growth." Navajo Epidemiology Center. Accessed July 2020.

In May, the Navajo Nation had the highest per-capita infection rate in the US; through October, the virus had killed more than 565 residents. 

"Navajo Nation surpasses New York state for the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the US." CNN. May 18, 2020.

The 27,000-square-mile Navajo Nation doesn't have a single ophthalmologist.

Eye Exams: 1200, Sight-restoring Surgeries: 200, Pairs of Custom-Fit Eyeglasses: 1,100, Hours of Service: 25K

"Moran's Outreach Work: Navajo Nation." Moran Eye Center. Accessed July 2020.

Through October, they've had more than 10,675 cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Dashboard. Navajo Nation Department of Health. Accessed October 2020.

The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake and U of U School of Medicine collected and donated nearly 25,000 pounds of food, supplies, and PPE.

"Supporting the Navajo Nation." @TheU, University of Utah. June 12, 2020.

All Telehealth Statistics

University of Utah Health Office of Network Development & Telehealth. Accessed October 2020.