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Utah’s first lady hopes new awareness campaign can reduce youth suicides



PROVO, Utah – Utah first lady Abby Cox and others announced a new mental well-being campaign in rural Wasatch County middle and high schools to combat continuing high rates of suicide among youth.

“I believe that Utah is a unique state with a unique culture, and it’s up to us to come together to reduce judgment and stigma around mental health issues so those who are struggling can find help in a community of understanding and support,” Cox said Tuesday during a videoconference with students and school leaders from the rural northern Utah county.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done and the progress we’ve made, but like all of you, I recognize that there needs to be more done,” Cox said.

The statewide LiveOn suicide prevention campaign, the Utah Department of Human Services and Wasatch County School District are together launching the campaign to “truly engage in conversation around reaching out, lifting others up and preventing suicide,” said Trudy Brereton, with Wasatch Behavioral Health.