According to an article in yesterday’s Huffington Post, the Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that “Utah health officials are grappling with a rising youth suicide rate that’s nearly tripled since 2007 and is now the leading cause of death among 10- to 17-year-olds in Utah.” While these tragic statistics have been known for some time, clear cause-and-effect explanations have been harder to determine. As the article goes on to report: “officials don’t know why Utah’s child suicide rate is more than double the national rate and climbing.”

Possible explanations, according to Utah health officials, include Utah’s higher level of residential mobility (which might result in fewer supportive community networks), the effects of lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes, a “rugged mentality of self-reliance” that prevents people with mental illness from seeking out help, and higher rates of gun ownership. While these are all plausible explanations, they do not account for the rapid rise in youth suicides over the last decade.  A more likely explanation is the clear elephant in the room: The Mormon church and religious context.  Read More

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