Utah’s Mental Health: Why We Do What We Do

 Day One believes that everyone deserves affordable access to mental health services and our home state of Utah has shown to have an increased need for quality, effective mental health care services when compared to the rest of the United States.

Utah has shown to have the fifth largest age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States. In 2018, Utah’s suicide rate was 22.2 per 100,000 topping the US average  of 14.2 per 100,000.  In 2019, suicide was the leading cause of death for those aged 10 to 24 in Utah, beating out car accidents an drug overdoses. Utah youth are clearly in need of mental health help. Within the United States, there is one death by suicide every 11 minutes. That is roughly 130 suicides per day.

Utah consistently has higher rates of self-reported lifetime depression compared to the United States. According to a 2018 study, this rate was 24.2% in Utah and 18.6% in the United states as a whole. Among these individuals, those who are at or below the poverty level are the ones who suffer the most. Those with incomes at $25,000 or below have more than double the cases of mental health struggles at 33.5%, compared to those who make $75,000 or more whose reported mental health struggles are at 15.8%.

Utah clearly has a need for increased mental health services that are affordable for every income as 10.5% of the population in Utah do not have health insurance.

The most vulnerable populations that experience mental illness live in poverty, do not have insurance, or have outrageous deductibles, which make getting mental health treatment almost impossible. Day One hopes that by removing the financial barriers, more families and individuals will have the opportunity to obtain mental health services and improve their overall health and lives.

This is why we, at Day One, do what we do. Day One’s Charitable Mental Health Program allows individuals in all facets of life to receive the mental health care they need and deserve, regardless of their ability to pay. Day One works with individuals on a sliding scale based on annual household income and provides services at little to no cost. Day One therapists work closely with clients of all ages to develop a treatment plan to decrease negative mental health symptoms, and increase overall well-being and resiliency. Day One does not require a referral to begin treatment, but we do accept referrals from schools, community mental health centers, hospital behavioral units, and other mental health or medical professionals.

If you are someone you know are in need of mental health therapy with a licensed therapist, please complete the Charitable Mental Health Program Application HERE.

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