Suicides Decrease as Utah’s Prevention Infrastructure Grows

November 23, 2020
News Type:  From the Field, State Infrastructure
Author:  Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Speaker:  Doug Thomas, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Director
State:  Utah

In this short video, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Director Doug Thomas discusses the importance of putting suicide prevention leadership in place and how it was done in Utah. The state led an effort to build partnerships among different types of organizations and is using SPRC’s recommendations to enhance Utah’s capacity and resources. Since that effort began, Utah’s suicide rate has decreased, and the state has a suicide prevention infrastructure that can remain in place even when staff and leadership change.

 

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