Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Thank you for supporting UPR’s fall member drive! We are still working on the final stretch to reach our goal. Help us get there! GIVE NOW

Concern for youth mental health grows in Utah amid National Emergency

A mental health national emergency has been declared by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children’s Hospital Association. The declaration is meant to be a wake-up call to parents, caregivers, teachers and governments at all levels.Utah has had its own mental health crisis for years, but the pandemic intensified it. CEO of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute Mark Rapaport says he has seen more kids coming to the emergency room and more using the SafeUT crisis app, meaning children’s problems are becoming more complex. He says he has no doubt that more Utah kids and teens are suffering and facing serious risks.


Rapaport says 75% of all mental health disorders begin between the ages of 10 and 24. In that same age group, suicide is the number one killer in Utah. He says the first step to confronting this crisis is understanding the problem, and more people need to understand that this is a serious problem.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!