If you or someone you know is in crisis call
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or
text CONNECT to 741741 for the National Crisis Text Line.
Who We Are
The Suicide Prevention and Services Department was started at the Utah Pride Center in 2020. The Pride Center has been providing suicide prevention services for years but realized the need for a dedicated department and team to address all aspects of suicide in the LGBTQ+ community from early intervention and prevention to postvention support on a state-wide level. This department operates under the three pillars of Education, Resources, and Support and serves the entire state of Utah.
Why Are We Here
Utah’s suicide rate is 34% higher than the national average (Live On Utah, 2020). An average of 627 Utahns die from suicide and 4,574 Utahns attempt suicide each year (Utah Department of Health 2015-2017 data). Rates for suicide attempts are 3-4x higher for LGB and 8-10x higher for Transgender individuals (The Trevor Project stats from CDC, 2016). To learn more visit the Utah LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Plan 2020-2023. This is the first LGBTQ+ specific suicide prevention plan in Utah and our UPC Suicide Prevention Team helped create this resource through their work with DHS and the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition.
What can you do to help
- Take suicide prevention training
- Help us spread suicide prevention resources
- Help normalize conversations surrounding mental health and suicide
- Encourage others to seek help
- Work to become an LGBTQ+ ally
When you donate to our department your funds help cover costs for:
- Suicide prevention training and books
- Printing and distributing suicide prevention materials
- Suicide prevention events
- Printing and distributing our suicide loss guided therapy workbooks
- Travel to rural parts of Utah to present training and resources
Meet Out Staff:
Department Manager – Katie Perkins (she/her)
Youth Specialist – Kelsey Kehoe (they/them)
Postvention Team member – Sarah McCombie (she/her)
Prevention Team member – Brandon Devlin (he/him)