Community Awareness: NUHOPE Task Force

The Northern Utah Hope task force (NUHOPE) is an active coalition of mental health/social service providers, educators, survivors, law enforcement, veteran’s advocates, and concerned citizens working together to increase suicide awareness and prevention in Weber County.

A recent investigation by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows youth suicides in Utah are increasing. In fact, the Utah Department of Health ranked Utah as the state with the seventh highest suicide rate and suicide among people ages 10 to 17 increased by 141.3 percent from 2011 to 2015.

Spearheaded by Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital, the task force provides suicide prevention training to local students and community members, holds an annual suicide awareness walk, and works with survivors to facilitate healing and remembrance of those they have lost. Membership, involvement, and participation is open to all residents, community groups, or others with a concern about suicide.

NUHOPE partners with other local organizations to offer a number of suicide prevention classes and trainings for free or at low cost. Each class is taught by certified instructors through NUHOPE, Weber-Morgan Health Department, Davis Behavioral Health, or other community partners.

One of the classes offered by NUHOPE is QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in our course in as little as one hour, and NUHOPE offers this course free of charge for your group or organization.

Other available classes include safeTALK, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, Asist, Connect (after suicide) and Working Minds (workplace based).

For more information, visit nuhopeutah.org.

If you are contemplating suicide or with someone who is, please call 9-1-1 or Statewide CrisisLine at 801-587-3000 or call the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

 

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