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Mental Wellness Calls Spike In Utah County During Outbreak


Utah County emergency officials have reported a 34% increase in the number of calls for mental health and wellness checks since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Daily Herald reported the increase in calls to law enforcement authorities and first responders could be attributed to anxiety related to the coronavirus. Utah County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Spencer Cannon says other factors could include stress related to potential unemployment or home isolation. County law enforcement responded to 62 suicide-related calls from Feb. 1 to May 20. During the same time period in 2019, there were 46 similar calls.