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    We had the training today and another next week for those that missed this one. It ties nicely with the primary manuals. I'm excited!
  2. KSL report on therapy services. https://www.ksl.com/article/46443444/after-byu-students-death-utahs-universities-work-to-improve-campus-mental-health “After the woman’s death, a letter surfaced on campus calling into question the university’s policies regarding mental health. BYU officials say they’re working on a proposal to hire more therapists. But most of Utah’s major universities are under the threshold for an ideal number of mental health professionals on campus, and officials at most say they’d like to be able to hire more therapists or counselors. “This is important for us to hear,” BYU spokesman Todd Hollingshead said on Wednesday. “It’s a challenge that we’re facing that other institutions are facing, as well. As an institution we care about our students, we want our students to get the help they need. Yes, there’s work that we all need to do to do a better job.”
  3. https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/12/08/she-represents-all-us/ Vigil held for student.
  4. Interesting new study about genetics and suicide. https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900045707/university-of-utah-researchers-identify-4-gene-variants-linked-to-heightened-suicide-risk.html Variants in four genes — known as APH1B, AGBL2, SP110 and SUCLA2 — were identified as being noticeably associated with suicide risk, according to the study published in late October in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry.” ...”Among Utahns ages 10 to 17, the number of suicides were more than four times higherin 2017 than they were in 2007, according to data kept by the Utah Department of Health. The department also said this year that Utah teenagers are reporting increasing rates of depression and suicide attempts.”
  5. I’m sorry. I think it is awful veterans need to wait for help or navigate a gauntlet to get the benefits they are owed because of their service to our country.
  6. I’m so sorry. That is devastating.
  7. I’m concerned with the ten week wait for mental health services. I feel this is an identified problem that should be fixed. I don’t think recognizing it as a problem means people are bashing the church. Maybe they need in person triage appointments to figure out if people are stable enough to wait or need to be fast tracked. I’m not sure the student in a mental health crisis can determine this on their own.
  8. The KSL comments are interesting. https://www.ksl.com/article/46441417/byu-student-dies-after-fall-deemed-suicide-from-campus-building The Daily Herald has more student reaction. https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/byu-officials-confirm-death-of-student-who-fell-in-tanner/article_58dc09c5-cc3a-5518-93ec-bb03cd4b13f0.html " During a devotional on Tuesday, university President Kevin Worthen fought back tears and expressed his personal sympathy and prayers to those affected by the incident. “Such events try our hearts and stretch our souls. They should also cause us to be more aware of, and more caring for, the well-being of every individual in our community,” he said."
  9. Here is a a one stop link for all Utah suicide statistics through 2017. https://ibis.health.utah.gov/indicator/complete_profile/SuicDth.html But these statistics, would not include BYU students who commit suicide outside the State of Utah.
  10. Honestly, the mental health access is a symptom of larger problems in our society. There are many people who have theories into why this is the case. It would be better to treat the cause but at the moment, we also have to treat the symptoms. I thought this Deseret News article from 2016 was interesting as it discussed teen suicide in affluent, high achieving Utah County high schools. https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865669275/The-Lone-Peak-story-What-you-didnt-know-about-affluence-and-teen-suicide.html "In October, two professors, one at the University of Chicago and the other at the University of Memphis, released a paper in the American Sociological Review showing how tightly knit cultures can increase suicide risk among teenagers. The study focused on a homogenous, upper middle class community that experienced several suicide clusters and found that teenagers there faced intense pressure to succeed."academically and conform to very narrowly defined standards of success....Gordon Flett, a professor of psychiatry at York University in Toronto, says this tendency toward perfectionism is troubling, and his recent research has focused on the links between perfectionism and suicide. Flett stresses that perfectionism itself doesn’t lead to suicide, but it is an amplifier, and an underappreciated one at that." I can see perfectionism being an amplier for suicides at BYU. I had earlier read a story that pinned our society's drug and suicide problem on declining morals and a valueless society. " "Well within my lifetime, the world has been turned upside down and twisted completely out of shape. When I was a teenager and a young adult, it was absolutely the norm that girls had it pounded into their heads to hold out for the marriage certificate, and boys, despite any lies told to their friends, generally respected that. The overwhelming majority did get married before they had any thought of having children, and there were no contraceptives to permit risk-free hanky-panky. To modern ears in the sex-saturated 21st century, the above sounds at best quaint and old-fashioned. But there are those of us -- Orthodox Jews, seriously observant Christians, Muslims who reject the insane Jihadist cult, as well as adherents to customs of other traditional societies -- for which these are still standards held. Yet if we express ourselves in public concerning those traditional values, we are met with hostility and ridicule. The deformed people around us who make up contemporary society want to shut us up. All that is missing is the compulsory reservation, where we can be with people just like ourselves."
  11. So those involved in the justice system have received more generous medicaid eligibility than those non-offender citizens. Edit...I also see that is for mental health services too...sorry. My niece who does not need mental health services is trying to navigate this. She cannot get medicaid. She is 27 and a single, full time student at UVU which does not offer a student insurance plan. Her social security number was stolen and used for nine month old baby. She is in the coverage gap where she makes too little to receive subsidies on the exchange because she should be on medicaid but Utah won't insure her. Her job provides insurance but makes the employee pay the full cost which is thirty percent of her income. Maybe she does need counseling and then she would qualify for medicaid? What a system. Anyway, the amount of paper work and help she has needed to try and secure insurance has been mind boggling.
  12. I don't think there is a direct link. After the suicide happened, students at BYU pointed out the long wait times. The suicide may be completely unrelated to long wait times at BYU but students at BYU, were promoted by this tragic event, to point out the problems they have experienced with long wait times and only being able to get services once a month. I think this is normal for people try to make sense of things and understand why this happened.
  13. “Medicaid eligibility for adults in states that did not expand their programs is quite limited: the median income limit for parents in these states is just 43% of poverty, or an annual income of $8,935 a year for a family of three in 2018, and in nearly all states not expanding, childless adults remain ineligible.3 Further, because the ACA envisioned low-income people receiving coverage through Medicaid, it does not provide financial assistance to people below poverty for other coverage options. As a result, in states that do not expand Medicaid, many adults fall into a “coverage gap” of having incomes above Medicaid eligibility limits but below the lower limit for Marketplace premium tax credits (Figure 1).” Childless adults are ineligible.
  14. In Utah, most single students would not qualify for medicaid because they are not in the right "class" of person who qualifies. With the passage of the new medicaid expansion that was on the ballot in November, single students can now qualify for medicaid beginning in April. https://medicaid.utah.gov/who-eligible https://www.healthinsurance.org/utah-medicaid/ https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/the-coverage-gap-uninsured-poor-adults-in-states-that-do-not-expand-medicaid/
  15. Like I have said, this is not just a BYU problem. But, if BYU has 2 to 5 times as many therapists as other schools and still has a 10 week wait...what does that say about the mental health of BYU students? Do the other schools have these long wait times?