The State of Utah Releases LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Plan
The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month and at the end of the month the state of Utah released its first-ever LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Plan.
Utah is one of the first in the nation to release such a plan that helps guide statewide efforts specific to the LGBTQ+ population.
Utah has consistently ranked among the top 10 states with the highest suicide rates in the country. As many studies have shown, LGBTQ+ individuals face higher risk factors and rates of suicide and suicide attempts compared to their peers. This new plan is modeled from the state’s existing Suicide Prevention Plan but details more specifics relating to protective and risk factors in the LGBTQ+ community and lists goals and objectives to help decrease LGBTQ+ suicide rates.
To view the plan click here: (link to document)
The Utah Pride Center’s Executive Director, Rob Moolman made an official endorsement of the plan that can be found on page four.
The UPC Suicide Prevention and Services Director, Katie Perkins serves as Co-chair to the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition’s LGBTQ+ Workgroup that worked in collaboration with DHS and DSAMH to finalize this plan.
The Utah LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Plan 2020-2023 has garnered recent media attention and some of the features can be found here: