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Community Participation

There are many opportunities for members of your community to help in our efforts through events and volunteering.

Outreach & Marketing

SafeUT Outreach Request

Want SafeUT to attend an event in your school or community? Just submit a request. You’ll then be contacted by a member of the SafeUT Team within three to five business days while we make every effort to get back to you as soon as possible.

If you’re working with a deadline, please make note of it and give us as much advance notice as you can.

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Marketing Materials Request

Looking for SafeUT marketing materials for your school or community? Let us know. Expect three to five business days for us to get back to you, but we’ll make every effort to reply as soon as we can. If you’re against a deadline, we can work with you. Just let us know and give us as much notice as you can.

If you’re looking for digital files, please contact us for approval before re-using our marketing collateral. We also ask that you keep these files for your use only and don’t alter the images in any way. Thanks!

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In the News

Date Headline Outlet
9/27/21 Press Release: SafeUT Annual Report Released UofU Health Public Affairs
9/17/21 Mental health is a surging problem amid COVID-19, especially for kids. What’s Utah doing to meet the need? Deseret News
9/2/21 Mental health resources at kids’ fingertips! This Utah app is a powerful tool that will help KSL Studio 5
8/27/21 SafeUT: Help with any sized problem, any time ABC4 Good Things Utah
6/30/21 MCC developing app to help troubled teens Yahoo News
4/14/21 What's on the minds of Utah's youth? Gov. Cox finds out in teen town hall
4/13/21 How one Utah boy realized he needed help for depression at a young age
4/12/21 Could text counseling be one solution for the teen mental health crisis?
4/6/21 Salt Lake Chamber: 6 ways Utah employers can build workforce resilience, prevent suicide and foster mental fitness
3/29/21 Alta High top Hawk named Utah principal of year Sandy Journal
3/29/21 Here's what Utah is doing now to address 'tsunami' of mental health needs
3/11/21 Local officials ponder recent Cache Valley suicide surge Cache Valley Daily
3/11/21 Bill aimed to increase resources for youth suicide, substance abuse prevention moves through House Cache Valley Daily
2/10/21 Who Ya Gonna Call? How to make sure your next mental-health crisis doesn't become a death sentence. City Weekly
2/5/21 Experts question Utah report that says mental distress hasn’t significantly increased during the pandemic The Salt Lake Tribune
2/4/21 New App Connects First Responders To Immediate Mental Help KSL TV
1/14/21 Huntsman Mental Health Institute at University of Utah dedicated Deseret News
1/14/21 Short, Long-Term Impacts Of Pandemic On Kids’ Mental Health KSL TV
12/22/20 Understanding COVID Fatigue KSL TV


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Legislative Bill

"Statistics devastatingly show the suicide is the number one cause of death of Utah children ages 10-12. In addition, our schools and communities are facing crisis-level safely concerns," said Attorney General Reyes. "Because of such alarming realities statewide, our office has worked closely in a very bipartisan manner with legislators, agencies, parents and advocates to find the right solution."

After studying the issue, the Utah Attorney General's Office and Senator Thatcher proposed legislation in 2014 to form a commission to explore solutions. The legislation passed and the commission was led by the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (formerly the University Neuropsychiatric Institute), already renowned for the excellence in crisis call support. In 2015, the SchoolSafety and CrisisLine legislation (SB 175) sponsored by Sen. Daniel Thatcher and Rep. Steve Eliason passed the Utah State Legislature designating HMHI as the crisis provider and an active commission, chaired out of the Attorney General's office, for implementation. The SafeUT app began rolling out to Utah junior high, middle, and high schools in early 2016.

The SafeUT program was developed with funding from the Utah State Legislature in collaboration with the Utah Office of the Attorney General, the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI), the Utah State Office of Education, and the Utah Anti-bullying Coalition.

Commission Members

Ric Cantrell, Commission Chair - Utah Attorney General Chief of Staff

Rep. Steven Eliason - Utah State House of Representatives

Spencer Jenkins - Utah System of Higher Education

Missy Wilson Larsen - Representative of the Public

Rachel Lucynski - Huntsman Mental Health Institute

Amy Mikkelsen - Utah Department of Health

Barbara Stallone - Representative of the Public

Sen. Daniel Thatcher - Utah State Senate

Christy Walker - Utah State Board of Education

Ken Wallentine - Law Enforcement and Emergency Response

Craig Walters - Utah Department of Human Services

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