About the Coalition

"Everyone Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention"


We are dedicated to suicide prevention, resiliency promotion, and supporting those impacted by suicide.

Suicide is a leading cause of preventable death in Utah and takes lives without regard to age, income, race, or gender. We are a public-private partnership of community members, suicide survivors, service providers, researchers, and others dedicated to saving lives and advancing suicide prevention efforts in Utah. The coalition has four workgroups: community awareness, training & education, epidemiology, and policy.

Utah Suicide Prevention Plan

The plan was developed by the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition. Many thanks to all those who contributed to this process for all the citizens of Utah. We dedicate this plan to those whose life has been impacted by suicidal thoughts or feelings and who bravely face each day and choose to hope and continue to live. We also dedicate this plan to survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide and to those professionals, first responders, individuals and families who continue to engage in this work of Suicide Prevention.

2013 Suicide Prevention Plan

Get Involved

The Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition meets bi-monthly and is open to the public. The coalition is comprised of many individuals, organizations, and agencies dedicated to suicide prevention. To receive information on participating in the coalition and/or one of the work groups please send email to  




Adult men represented approximately three of every four suicide deaths in Utah in 2014. The Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition has launched a statewide campaign to erase the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and to engage men and draw them into the conversation of their own health . Man Therapy™ reshapes the conversation, using humor to cut through stigma and tackle issues like depression, post-traumatic stress, divorce, substance use and even suicidal thoughts head on, the way a man would do it.

Man Therapy™ provides men approaching crisis, and the people who care about them, a place to go and learn more about men’s mental health, examine their own mental health, and consider a wide array of actions that will put them on the path to help, treatment and recovery, all within an easy-to-access online portal at Visit this page to take the 18-point head test, find local resources, and learn valuable tips about topics like fighter jets, how to make guacamole, and what to do when you or someone you care about is in a crisis.

Don’t be scared. Click here.

After a Suicide Loss


“Tell me, O older and wiser sister,” I wrote, “how long will this grief last?”Old and wiser, she wrote back: “Grief is never over. The time will come when you control your grief rather than the other way around. You’ll draw upon those memories when you need and want them, rather than having them show up uninvited. But your grief will never go away, which is the way it should be. It is part of who you are.”

Fenton Johnson


Find Support

We encourage survivors to gather together to remember, to speak aloud the precious names of those lost to suicide. You are in a safe place with those who understand.

Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Resource and Healing Guide

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Peer support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
• Salt Lake County
• Davis County

Caring Connections

A hope and comfort in grief program operated by the University of Utah College of Nursing, located at the University of Utah, 10 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. They offer grief support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide in Salt Lake and Utah Counties.
Caring Connections offers several different types of grief groups, including one specifically for those who have lost someone close to suicide. All of the support groups are led by health care professionals. Grief groups are held in 4 different locations, three times a year and the groups meet once a week for 8 weeks. The fee for the 8 week course is $50.00. Please call (801) 585-9522 to register for a group or for more information.

Heart and Soul Survivor Support Group - Provo, Utah

1134 South 500 East ~ Upstairs Room #6
Provo, UT 84604
7-10pm ~ 2nd Thursday of every month
801-372-3523 contact number of Charn Burton

Heart and Soul Survivor Support Group - Payson, Utah

Payson Hospital 1000 E 100 N, Payson, UT 84651
7-9pm ~ 3rd Thursday of every month!
801-372-3523 contact number of Charn Burton

A Center for Grieving Children

1724 E. 5600 S.
Ogden, UT 84403
Offers support for children and adults. Services are free. Please call (801) 476-1127 for more information.

Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Resilient Solutions, Suite 1
1355 North Main
Bountiful, UT 84010
This group for survivors who have lost a loved one to suicide offers support, processing time, psycho-educational information, and a safe place for survivors to gather with others who have experienced a similar loss. The group is facilitated by a mental health professional and costs $150.00 for 8 weeks. Please contact Becky Andrews at (801) 259-3883 for more information.
Meetings are held weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00pm.

Healing Hearts

Clearfield Library
562 South 1000 East
Clearfield, Utah 84105
This group will meet at 7:00 pm the second Tuesday of the month at the Clearfield Library beginning March 8, 2016. Meetings are scheduled through August. Please contact Dee Flurer at (801) 707-5317 or for more information.

Army/Airman Suicide Support Group

Sunrise Chapel ~ Camp Williams
Army/Airman Suicide Support Groups for those who have lost a soldier to suicide. The group meets the 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Please contact Sgt. Daniel Lemley at (801) 243-4400 for more information.

LOSS- Loved Ones Suicide Survivors

Intermountain Medical Center, Doty Education Center
5121 S. Cottonwood St.
Murray, UT 84157
Entrance 6 - Purple
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7PM - free of charge
LOSS offers a caring community to those who have lost someone they love to suicide and a safe place to be with others who understand. Please e-mail or call May Bradley at (801) 815-7854 for more information.

Friends and Families of Suicide Internet Community

An e-mail support group for those who lives have been affected by suicide. Join this online support group HERE.

Parents of Suicide

Provides an e-mail support group for parents whose children have died of suicide.

Breathe: Suicide-Loss Support Group- Orem, Utah

This group meets continuously throughout the year. Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday of the month from 6:00PM - 8:00PM. Free of charge. Please contact Wade C. Haskell at (801) 380-1439 or
To visit their Facebook click HERE.

 Legacy Suicide Survivors Support Group

Ogden, Utah

Legacy Support Group meetings are held the second

Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for adults.


McKay-Dee Surgery Center and Orthopedics Room 1
3895 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, Utah 84403


For information on survivor support and starting a support group in your area, please contact:

  • Taryn Aiken, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Utah Chapter Email.
  • Kimball Gardner, Nami-Utah, Prevention by Design, Program Manager Email.
  • Allison Whitworth, Program Manager: Suicide Prevention, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Email




Downloadable Attachment: Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Resource and Healing Guide

After a Suicide: Recommendations for Religious Services and Other Public Memorial Observances

SPRC provides a guide to help community and faith leaders who plan memorial observances and provide support for individuals after the loss of a loved one to suicide.

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools was developed by AFSP and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in a school community.

Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss: A Guide for Funeral Directors

This guide can help funeral directors and the funeral services industry serve as they are a vital line of first response to those impacted by the profound and crippling effects of suicide loss.

After a Suicide Attempt

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“The thing that helped me the most was getting to see my counselor weekly. Having that time to talk with somebody to learn new thinking skills and patterns for when my brain went to those old thoughts and behaviors was so crucial.
Simple coping skills to change my energy were also helpful: going for walks, going to the mountains, listening to music that inspired and motivated me, having a journal that I could write anything and everything in and essentially getting out the thoughts that were inside my head.”

- Taryn, Utah Attempt Survivor


Suicide Attempt Survivor Support Groups

Get support from others who understand, as well as tools to keep yourself safe and cope with future suicide crises. Two support groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors currently exist in Utah:


-For LGBTQ attempt survivors: 8-week summer and fall groups are available through the Utah Pride Center. Contact , 385-831-0872


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What Family Members Can Do

Remove all guns from the house and restrict access to lethal means as much as possible.

Remind and support your loved one in following their Safety Plan. Develop one today at:

Suggest a session with the therapist for the loved one and the family/caretakers before leaving the hospital.

Get individual and family therapy.

Create scales for 3-5 emotions or thoughts such as loneliness, depression, or suicidal thoughts that can help gauge how he or she is doing and whether or not they need your help. (See page 10 for more details.)

Family members need to be supported to deal with their own feelings/reactions. Reach out to trusted friends for help and encourage the rest of the family to do the same.

Ask your mental health professional for information on suicide and mental illness. Learn more about what your loved one is experiencing and possibly how to help.

Talk about it with trusted friends and/or family members.

Be gentle with yourself and remember to take care of yourself also.

Try to make statements such as, “I’m sorry you felt that way and I wish I could have helped you” or “I’m sorry I didn’t realize you were in such pain” or “I can’t imagine how bad you must have felt” or finally, “I want to help you, tell me what I can do to help you now.”

(Adapted from Heidi Bryan’s Booklet “Now What Do We Do")

“While chances
are your loved one won’t
attempt again, he or she is
still at an increased risk
for dying by suicide. The
first six months after a
hospitalization are
especially critical to the
suicide attempt survivor,
and the person remains at
an elevated risk for the
entire first year

(Heidi Bryan’s Booklet “Now What Do We Do")

Other Resources

MY3 App

Download this free app for your cell phone. It contains an outline for a safety plan that helps attempt survivors and others at risk for suicide to identify the thoughts, situations, and feelings that lead to a suicidal crisis, as well as the coping mechanisms, distractions, social supports, crisis contacts, and environmental safety precautions that can help them manage suicidal thoughts and stay safe.

After an Attempt: A Guide for Medical Providers in the Emergency Department

Provides some quick tips to enhance care in the emergency department for people who have attempted suicide, while also providing information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), patient discharge, and resources about suicide for medical professionals, patients, and their families.

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Treatment in the Emergency Department

SPRC's 15-page brochure provides family members of those who've attempted suicide with practical information regarding the likely assessment, treatment, and follow-up the family member will receive during and after their visit to the emergency department.

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department

Aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative's suicide attempt. Describes the emergency department treatment process, lists questions to ask about follow-up treatment, and describes how to reduce risk and ensure safety at home.

“Now What Do We Do: The Emotional Impact of a Suicide Attempt on Families,” by Heidi Bryan

Includes what to do, what not to do to be supportive to a family member after an attempt and take care of yourself and the other members of your family. 

Support for Persons Living with Suicidal Thoughts and Suicide Attempts

This website is a resource by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for people who have made suicide attempts in the past, have had thoughts of suicide, or are thinking about suicide now to help you remain safe and find hope. With help comes hope.

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Support groups and classes for individuals living with mental health conditions as well as their families.

Firearms Safety - Teen Suicide

Teen Suicide 

Why safe firearm storage matters for all Utah families:

safetyProtecting your family involves more than keeping them safe from accident or attack.

86% of firearm deaths in Utah are suicides.

That’s more than homicides, legal intervention, and accidental shootings combined.

Although most people at risk for suicide show warning signs that may alert you to the crisis, sometimes warning signs are missed by or intentionally hidden from family members.

To be on the safe side you can keep firearms locked up year round, though this won’t help if you or someone else with access to the firearm becomes at risk of suicide. It is important to be alert to the signs of a crisis so that you can take steps to keep safe.

For warning signs that someone may be thinking of suicide, click here.

How to recognize a crisis and keep your loved one safe:

Putting time and distance between a suicidal person and a gun may save a life.

A suicidal crisis is often brief, but firearms are quite lethal when used in suicide attempts. Removing access to them may delay or prevent a suicide attempt or increase the chances of surviving an attempt.

For warning signs that someone may be thinking of suicide, click here.

If someone you care about is going through a painful crisis, experiencing depression, and/or showing warning signs of suicide, there are three precautions you can take:


Store guns safely and securely when not in use. Change your gun locks if necessary, and make sure the keys and combination aren’t accessible.


Lock guns and ammo separately, or don’t keep ammunition in the home at all. Ask to temporarily keep the keys to any gun of a friend who is struggling.


Temporarily store firearms off site until the situation improves, perhaps at a friend or relatives house. Gun shops and law enforcement may offer storage options.

What else to do to help a person at risk:

Take any threat of suicide seriouslyDo not leave the person aloneListen to the person and offer them support without judgementCall the Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately at 1-800-273-TALK and visit the Get Help Page for more resources

You can also work with the person and a professional counselor to create and implement a Safety Plan by using the link here or the MY3 App.

For information about how to reduce access to prescription medications, click here.

To incorporate firearm safety materials into your gatekeeper training, download these materials (coming soon)


Click here to see additional PSA and here for a training video