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Last month, gymnast Simone Biles dropped out of the Olympic individual all-around competition to prioritize her mental health. Since then, the mental health of athletes has been widely discussed.

Neuroscientists from the University of Utah have recently found that certain video games can improve the mental health of some older adults.

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The pandemic had many people reflecting on their mental health, and for some of it meant turning to apps for help. USU Extension’s Family Life Specialists, Dr. David Schramm partnered with Impact Suite to help come up with a new mental wellness app. He is here with us today to talk about this new app.

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We all know about cyber bullying. We know how pervasive it is. We know how damaging it can be. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about this relatively new phenomenon. For instance: how often are children engaged in cyberbullying of themselves? Well, according to one new study, the answer is a lot.

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Mike Nolan has been a farmer for about 18 years.

“I don't like gardening,” he said. “I like farming in the sense of like, I like tractors, I like equipment. I like big harvests.” 

His farm is in the Mancos Valley at the base of southwest Colorado’s snow-capped San Juan Mountains and across from the bluffs of Mesa Verde National Park. In a normal season, Nolan grows up to seven acres of vegetable crops, anything from turnips to squash to tomatoes.  

Clinical therapist Em Capito spoke with us in October, ahead of her presentation at the Fall speaker series from the Utah Women’s Giving Circle.Titled “Triaging Resilience in the Midst of Crisis,” Em Capito shared “a research-based tangible framework for triaging our personal resilience along with the strategic shifts that deepen our roots, for ourselves, our families and our teams, toward the collective resilience that will lead our communities into the reinvention and renewal ahead.” We spoke with her about her personal history and why she defines resilience as a skill, rather than a trait. 

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A recently published study has confirmed what a lot of people have long suspected: increasing social media use is correlated to suicidal thoughts among some adolescents. But before you go pull the plug, the nuances here are important. Researchers have identified specific patterns of use that may be dangerous. This week we’ll talk about who is at risk, and what can be done.

Idaho Officials Working To Expand Suicide Prevention Efforts During Pandemic

Oct 7, 2020
Public health officials say they're concerned mental distress from the pandemic and the onset of another Idaho winter could increase suicide rates.
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Idaho's already high suicide rates could worsen as the COVID-19 crisis stretches into the winter months, and state officials are relying on technology for some outreach efforts.  

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To celebrate Junteenth, the holiday commemorating the emancipation of American slaves, the Utah Juneteenth Commission held a town hall on Friday and addressed "The State of Black Utah.” The town hall’s primary topic was mental health care and resources for Black Utahns. 

How Equine Therapy Is Used To Improve Mental And PhysicalHealth

Jun 17, 2020
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For thousands of years, people and horses have worked together. Now equine-assisted therapy helps horses and people interact to improve mental and physical health.

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While most Utahns seem to have weathered the coronavirus pandemic with less illness and death than has been seen elsewhere, they have not been unaffected by the crisis. Public health officials say the stress and uncertainty of living under a stay-at-home order has caused an increase in anxiety and depression. In response, Utah officials and private groups have launched the Live On campaign: a 3-year drive to promote education, provide resources and change the culture around suicide and mental health. Taryn Hiatt, Utah director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said those who are struggling need to know where to find help.

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Ah, that first year of college. It’s like this tidal wave of freedom. And pressure.

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The stress of staying home and the unknowns of a global pandemic can be hard on our brains. Here is some advice from local professionals on ways you can maintain your mental health at this time.

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Two bills improving services to people with mental illness were signed into Utah law this week, allocating $24 million for the first year and $17 million in ongoing funds. These bills seek to keep people out of the hospital if possible, and also to make sure that if a person in crisis needs hospitalization, there’s a bed available.  

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On Tuesday’s Access Utah, as a part of UPR’s Project Resilience, we’re going to talk about how to be resilient with all that’s happening with the coronavirus pandemic, including social distancing. We’ll also talk about how all of this is impacting children and individuals with disabilities.

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Republican Speaker of the House Brad Wilson named reducing Utah’s suicide rate as one of his top priorities for the year in his opening session remarks earlier this week. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but the eighth in Utah

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According to Commissioner Kerry Gibson of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Utah has seen an increase in suicide and depression within the agricultural community. He said one reason for this is the continually falling profitability of farms. 

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Dr. Verna Keith is a professor and chair of sociology at the University of Alabama. In a recent study she analyzed the black-white racial paradox in mental health. This paradox describes the situation where black individuals generally have lower or similar rates of mental disorder relative to white individuals. 

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults will experience some form of mental illness this year. However, researchers reveal there are disparities in funding and treatment for mental health. 

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SafeUT is a smartphone app for Utahns who want to contact licensed mental health clinicians in times of crisis. The app can also be used as a tip line if you notice someone who may need help. And it's also being used to convince state lawmakers to fund mental health counselors in Utah schools.

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Rep. Chris Stewart defends President Trump's comments on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying "journalists disappear" everywhere.  Also, activists are suing the state, after the Utah Legislature passes a medical marijuana law that replaces the ballot measure passed in the midterm elections. And with two years left in the mayoral term of Rep.-elect Ben McAdams, candidates come forward to convince Democratic delegates to make them Salt Lake County mayor.  

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Gabriele Ciciurkaite studies the impact of food insecurity on mental health. Melissa Wrzesien investigates new ways to measure snowpacks. Together, we talk about how decision-making impacts resource allocation.

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A ceremonial bill signing this week will feature multiple bills related to mental health and suicide prevention.

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Mental health can be difficult to discuss, which is why McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden wanted a more approachable way to address the topic. 

USU Offers Free Depression Screening For Students

Jan 31, 2018
At USU's health fair, students can get a free, confidential mental health screening, courtesy of university Counseling and Psychological Services.
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 Utah State University’s health fair is full of students wandering the booths, collecting the small offerings from various local businesses. Students get their blood pressure tested and spin wheels for prizes ranging from hand sanitizer to bags of goldfish crackers.

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The president of Utah State University sent a memo to faculty and staff about the university’s code of conduct amid growing awareness of mental health issues and sexual violence on college campuses. 

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An increasing number of military veterans will return home to Utah during the holidays. An organization focused on veterans is working to help family members manage what can be a difficult transition.

Utah Study Finds Mental Ways To Ease Physical Pain

Jul 26, 2017

A Utah-based study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine this month shows that mental treatment for physical pain may be more effective than we believe. Conducted by the University of Utah’s Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development, the study found significant reductions in pain using mindfulness or hypnotic interventions.

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In her memoir, "Memory's Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia,” Gerda Saunders writes: “When I was diagnosed with early- onset dementia just before my sixty- first birthday in 2010, I kept my hurt, anger, fear, and doubts under wraps. I had no choice. I had a job, a husband, children, grandchildren, friends. I had a life. However, there is nothing like a death sentence—  in my case, the premature death of my  mind—  to provoke questions about life. What, actually, is memory, personality, identity? What is a self?

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Nearly four years after being arrested in connection with her two-year-old son’s death, Heidi Rutchey’s mental state at the time of the incident remains undetermined; while attorneys work toward resolution, she will stay at the Utah State Hospital.

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