Subject: Spencer Cox: Let's talk about suicide
Content: Unfortunately, our state recently received some bad news. The rate of teen suicide in Utah is increasing much faster than the national average. Suicide is now the leading cause of death among young people here. And 17 percent of our youth report seriously considering a suicide attempt.[url=][img] jersey/Benson Mayowa Jersey Wd 152139.jpg[/img][/url]In light of these alarming statistics, last month, the Governor asked Rep. Steve Eliason and me to chair [url=][/url] an emergency Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force (you can read our report to Governor Herbert here).[url=][img][/img][/url]Meeting with experts and advocates was a revelation [url=][/url] to me. In our first meeting, Taryn Hiatt, regional director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, gave one of the most powerful [url=]Authentic Reggie Lewis Jersey[/url] presentations on suicide prevention I had ever heard. I learned that no one wants to end their life — rather, they want to end their pain.I learned that we all need to lock up our guns, and that everyone needs to download the SafeUT app. I learned that our [url=][/url] LGBT youth are at much higher risk for suicide ideation and completion. I learned that connection is the best prevention. And I learned, again, that we need to talk about it more. Much more. We need to talk about [url=]Oscar Dansk Womens Jersey[/url] mental illness and suicide the way we talk about a cold, or a broken bone, or the flu.So I’ve started talking about it more. And I hope you will too.I routinely meet with student groups who come to the Capitol to learn about government and legislating. They make their way to my office to learn what a Lt. Governor does. I make the obligatory jokes about doing the governor’s dry-cleaning and being the keeper of the Great Seal (and being disappointed when I found out it wasn’t a zoo animal … I know, they don’t usually laugh either). But now I’ve started talking to them about suicide too. They don’t expect it. And it’s a little uncomfortable at first. And until recently, I’ve wondered if I should do it. But then something happened.A few days ago I was with a group of 30 or so middle school students. We talked about the legislative session and all the bills we should veto. And then we talked about suicide. I told them my story. I [url=]Vince Biegel Jersey Womens[/url] told them that, statistically, five of [url=]Joshua Garnett Womens Jersey[/url] them, were seriously considering a suicide attempt. I told them that they weren’t alone. I told them to find someone to talk to — a [url=][/url] friend, a parent, a teacher, anyone — and if they couldn’t find anyone, they could talk to me.[url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url] [url=][/url]