According to Utah’s own Salt Lake Tribune, the state “ranks near the bottom of the nation in many mental health measures.” Depression rates, suicide rates, mental illness rates, and the amount of access to mental healthcare are among such measures. In 2018, Mental Health America ranked Utah dead last (51st) in terms of mental illness rates and access to care.
Fortunately, there’s help. No shortage of providers (or shortage of funds) should ever prevent you from getting the help you deserve. The following resources are free of charge, confidential, and available to all Utah residents. Help yourself or someone you love today.
The National Mental Health Hotline
If you need to connect with a mental health specialist, call 1-866-903-3787 right now. A trained professional will take your call and assist you however she or he can. A world of resources is waiting for you. The hotline is available to all US residents and operates on a 24/7 basis.
Utah Health Resource Line
The state Department of Health (DOH) sponsors the Health Resource Line, available M to F from 8AM to 5PM. Call 1-888-222-2542 for access to information and resources local to you. You can also visit the DOH website for many more options.
NAMI Helpline & More
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources, including the NAMI Helpline, which can be reached by calling 1-800-950-6264 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Although the helpline is only available Monday through Friday from 10AM until 8PM EST, there is a 24/7 text-line available. Simply text ‘NAMI’ to 741-741 for assistance.