Los asesores de crisis de SafeUT inician 536 intervenciones para salvar vidas en el año fiscal 2023

Contacto de Prensa:
Nayeli Hernández
Spanish-Language Communications Specialist, Public Affairs, University of Utah Health
Email: Nayeli.Hernandez@hsc.utah.edu

La aplicación SafeUT del Instituto Huntsman de Salud Mental Huntsman ofrece intervenciones que salvan vidas.

La dirección y los socios comunitarios del programa SafeUT anuncian la publicación del Informe Anual SafeUT 2023. El informe 2023 destaca la evolución del programa y detalla iniciativas significativas, asociaciones innovadoras y resultados que salvan vidas. Ilustra las mejores prácticas para identificar señales de advertencia y hablar con personas en crisis, los resultados de la encuesta de usuarios de SafeUT y las tendencias de compromiso. 

El informe también destaca el impacto del programa SafeUT en las escuelas, la Guardia Nacional y los trabajadores de primera línea. “Cuando lanzamos SafeUT en 2015, la prevención del suicidio, el bienestar mental y la seguridad escolar eran las principales prioridades en el estado de Utah”, afirma Rachel Lucynski, directora de los servicios comunitarios de apoyo e intervención en crisis del Instituto Huntsman de Salud Mental (HMHI, por sus siglas en inglés) y miembro de la Comisión SafeUT.

“Ahora, ocho años después, hemos asistido a una mayor concienciación y utilización de SafeUT por parte de la comunidad, y nuestro equipo salva vidas cada día. Solo el año pasado se enviaron más de 1,1 millones de mensajes entre los usuarios de la aplicación y los consejeros de SafeUT, y se enviaron más de 9.200 consejos de seguridad escolar. SafeUT proporciona las herramientas necesarias para que los ciudadanos más vulnerables de nuestro estado puedan acceder a una ayuda en tiempo real y a un apoyo compasivo. Estamos agradecidos por la confianza que nuestra comunidad tiene en el programa SafeUT para apoyar, responder y prevenir problemas de salud mental y seguridad”.
Ric Cantrell, Jefe de Gabinete de la Fiscalía General de Utah y Presidente de la Comisión SafeUT afirma que “(el programa) SafeUT proporciona un asesoramiento instantáneo y confidencial y una red de atención que da a las personas en crisis la oportunidad de sobrevivir a su momento más oscuro. Cientos de habitantes de Utah están vivos hoy gracias al programa SafeUT, más de 500 sólo en el último año. Probablemente conozcan a algunos de ellos. Aunque podemos contar los mensajes, las conversaciones, y los dólares gastados, lo que más importa es cada persona que tendió la mano y sobrevivió, y cada familia que siguió disfrutando de la vida con su ser querido cerca.”

Entre los aspectos más destacados de la repercusión del programa SafeUT, en el año fiscal 2023, figuran los siguientes:

  • Más de 885.519 estudiantes con acceso a la aplicación (K-12 y educación superior)
  • 30.503 chats totales iniciados con consejeros del programa SafeUT.
  • 9.204 avisos totales enviados desde la educación primaria, secundaria y superior (estudiantes, padres/tutores, educadores), un 8% más que el año pasado, incluidos 1.585 avisos de suicidio, 1.239 de crisis y 1.080 de acoso escolar.
  • Se recibieron 791 avisos sobre posibles amenazas o actos de violencia en los centros escolares, incluidos 197 avisos sobre pistolas/armas de fuego, 96 avisos sobre agresiones, 88 avisos sobre peleas y 81 avisos sobre atentados planeados.
  • Se iniciaron 536 intervenciones para salvar la vida de usuarios del programa SafeUT que intentaban suicidarse o corrían riesgo inminente de hacerlo.
  • El 94% de los usuarios sienten que el asesor de SafeUT “siempre” o “normalmente” mostró respeto por lo que tenían que decir. 
  • El 89% siente que el asesor de SafeUT “siempre” o “normalmente” le escuchó con atención.
  • La aplicación SafeUT Frontline recibió 632 chats: el 64% procedía de profesionales de la salud, el 25% de agentes de las fuerzas del orden y/o funcionarios de prisiones, y el 11% de bomberos/EMS.

La aplicación SafeUT National Guard recibió 337 chats.


https://healthcare.utah.edu/press-releases/2023/10/los-asesores-de-crisis-de-safeut-inician-536-intervenciones-para-salvar

SafeUT Crisis Counselors Initiate 536 Lifesaving Interventions in Fiscal Year 2023

Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s SafeUT app provides lifesaving interventions

Leadership and community partners for the SafeUT program announce publication of the SafeUT 2023 Annual Report. The 2023 report highlights the evolution of the program and details significant initiatives, innovative partnerships, and lifesaving results. It illustrates best practices for identifying warning signs and talking to people in crisis, SafeUT user survey results, and engagement trends. The report also highlights SafeUT’s impact on schools, National Guard, and frontline workers. 

“When we launched SafeUT in 2015, suicide prevention, mental wellness, and school safety were top priorities in the state of Utah,” says Rachel Lucynski, Director of Community Crisis Intervention & Support Services at Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) and SafeUT Commission Member. “Now, eight years later, we’ve seen expanded community awareness and utilization of SafeUT, and our team is saving lives every single day. Last year alone, more than 1.1 million back-and-forth messages were sent between the app’s users and SafeUT counselors, and more than 9,200 school safety tips were submitted. SafeUT provides the tools necessary for our state’s most vulnerable citizens to access real-time help and compassionate support. We are grateful for the trust our community has in SafeUT to support, respond to, and prevent mental health and safety concerns.”

“SafeUT provides the instant, confidential counseling and network of care that gives people in crisis a fighting chance to survive their darkest moment,” says Ric Cantrell, Chief of Staff, Utah Attorney General’s Office and Chair of the SafeUT Commission. “Hundreds of Utahns are alive today because of SafeUT—well over 500 in the last year alone. You probably know some of them. While we can count the messages, conversations, and dollars spent, what matters most is each person that reached out and survived, and each family that continued to enjoy life with their loved one close.” 

Highlights from SafeUT’s impact in fiscal year 2023 include: 

  • 885,519+ students with access to the app (K-12 and higher education) 
  • 30,503 total chats started with SafeUT counselors 
  • 9,204 total tips submitted from K-12 and higher education (students, parents/guardians, educators)—an 8% increase from last year—including 1,585 suicide tips, 1,239 crisis tips, and 1,080 bullying tips 
  • 791 tips received for potential school threats or acts of violence, including 197 tips about guns/firearms, 96 tips about assault, 88 tips about fights, and 81 tips about planned attacks 
  • 536 lifesaving interventions were initiated for SafeUT users actively attempting or at imminent risk of attempting suicide 
  • 94% of users feel the SafeUT counselor “always” or “usually” showed respect for what they had to say  
  • 89% feel the SafeUT counselor “always” or “usually” carefully listened to them 
  • SafeUT Frontline app received 632 chats—64% came from health care professionals, 25% from law enforcement and/or corrections officers, and 11% from fire/EMS 
  • SafeUT National Guard app received 337 chats

https://healthcare.utah.edu/press-releases/2023/10/safeut-crisis-counselors-initiate-536-lifesaving-interventions-fiscal-year

New Unprecedented Communications Effort Confronts National Mental Health Crisis

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute and the Ad Council today unveiled their most comprehensive communications initiative yet, designed to create a more open, accepting and proactive society when it comes to mental health.

Through extensive market research, the new “Love, Your Mind” campaign was developed to resonate with the nearly 70 million adults across the U.S. who are likely to experience mental health challenges – while also holding attitudes and beliefs that may discourage them from seeking help. Building on the Huntsman Mental Health Institute and the Ad Council’s long-term commitment to advancing mental health, this latest effort convenes experts, media platforms and influential voices to change the conversation around mental health at an unprecedented scale.

“Love, Your Mind” offers free mental health resources on LoveYourMindToday.org, or ConAmorTuMente.org in Spanish. The campaign is releasing multiple national PSAs designed to resonate with specific audiences among the 70 million, beginning with content tailored for Black men and for Hispanic men (in both English and Spanish), who are overrepresented among this group.

“People of color in our country frequently experience racial battle fatigue: a systemic racism-related repetitive stress injury that is strongly correlated with mental health challenges,” said Dr. William A. Smith, chief administrative officer for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at Huntsman Mental Health Institute. “We’re proud to launch the ‘Love, Your Mind’ campaign with an initial focus on reaching Black and Latino men, acknowledging their experiences, and offering them the mental health tips and resources to help them thrive in life.”

“There’s a mental health crisis in our country that has been laid bare by the challenges of the last several years: the COVID pandemic, economic uncertainty, and the ongoing movement for racial justice,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “With the ‘Love, Your Mind’ campaign, we are offering people inspiration and actionable steps they can take to make their mental health a priority and experience how that benefits every area of their lives.”

The message of “Love, Your Mind” inspires individuals to nurture their relationship with their minds the same way they care for their closest personal relationships. The campaign’s creative assets were developed pro bono by creative agencies FCB New York and FCB Chicago and directed by award-winning director Calmatic. The project was co-produced by project3 and Prettybird. Plural* is also producing audio spots in both English and Spanish.

“Supporting your mental health must be normalized,” said Mike Williams, Executive Creative Director, FCB New York. “It must – because your mind is the most valuable asset you have and caring for it, nurturing it, strengthening it, can ultimately get you to where you want to go in life.”

All “Love, Your Mind” PSAs and activations promote LoveYourMindToday.org, a new website that helps individuals explore specific emotions and scenarios that can affect their mental health, along with suggesting self-care strategies and coping practices. The website also features stories from a variety of people reflecting on how they have navigated their own challenges, assuring site visitors that they are not alone in their struggles.

Beginning today, the campaign will appear nationwide in advertising inventory made possible by donations from the media, including TV, radio, out-of-home (OOH) and digital formats. Pro bono support will be provided by iHeartMedia, Kargo, PatientPoint, Phreesia, Pinterest (with custom creative developed by VidMob’s creative intelligence technology) and TikTok (with creator content facilitated by Whalar), among others. Additionally, a robust collaboration with RAB will also extend the reach of the campaign to radio stations across the United States. IPG Mediabrands is the media agency of record, as an extension of IPG’s longstanding support of the Ad Council’s mental health efforts.

Adobe has also donated Adobe Express Premium Plan subscriptions for use in developing campaign assets, allowing campaign partners to amplify the message of “Love, Your Mind” by accessing custom Adobe Express templates to easily design and share content.

Stephen A. Smith (host of The Stephen A. Smith Show) and Eric Bigger (personal development coach and host of “Bigger Talks” podcast) are among the influential voices who have committed to amplifying the campaign through their platforms.

To complement mass media reach through the national PSAs, the campaign has also partnered with agencies who have deep expertise in engaging the Black community (House of JOY), Hispanic community (Latinovations) and the faith community (Values Partnerships). Upcoming activations developed in partnership with community-based organizations and leaders include:

  • A mental health summit in New York City on November 9, developed in partnership with iHeartMedia, which will feature remarks from Charlamagne tha God, Dramos, Q Ward, and Ramses Ja, inviting talent, creators, brands and advertising and media industry leaders to create content on behalf of the campaign
  • A “Mann to Man®… Love, Your Mind” series on MannTV, hosted by actor and comedian David Mann in conversation with Anthony Evans, Kirk Franklin, Lance Gross and Israel Houghton, debuting on November 9
  • A first-of-its-kind mental health e-learning hub for faith leaders, launching on November 14 with a virtual symposium hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes
  • Spoken-word poetry PSAs created in collaboration with the “How Sweet the Sound” gospel music competition, which will be released in November
  • A special event hosted by Mike Alfaro, creator of “Millennial Lotería,” that welcomes actors, comedians and influencers @MexicanGueys and @LGNDFRVR for “Entre Hermanos (Between Brothers) …Love, Your Mind,” which will air on LATV (Latino Alternative Television) platforms in early December
  • Ongoing partnership with NAACP, including promotion of this summer’s mental health panel featured on The Hub mainstage at the NAACP national convention

The “Love, Your Mind” PSAs and resources were developed by Huntsman Mental Health Institute and the Ad Council in consultation with a panel of experts. The campaign is also supported by leading mental health organizations including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, National Association of Social Workers, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Peg’s Foundation, Steinberg Institute, The Jed Foundation and The Kennedy Forum.

“Love, Your Mind” is the latest effort from the Ad Council’s Mental Health Initiative, which unites brands, marketers, media companies and nonprofits to address the mental health crisis throughout the U.S. The initiative is supported by a generous founding investment from Huntsman Mental Health Institute, with additional contributions from Adobe.

The initiative’s Mental Health Toolkit – developed with and for community leaders, grassroots groups and mental health nonprofits to advance their work on mental health – is now available to the public with community-specific fact sheets, messaging guidelines and downloadable social assets. Resources for employers to support mental health in the workplace are also available through the Health Action Alliance, a joint initiative of the Ad Council, the CDC Foundation and the de Beaumont Foundation in partnership with Meteorite.

For more information on the campaign and to access free mental health resources, visit LoveYourMindToday.org or follow the campaign on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

ABOUT HUNTSMAN MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE

Huntsman Mental Health Institute at University of Utah Health brings together 75 years of patient care, research, and education into one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers focused on mental health. Nestled in the campus of University of Utah, Huntsman Mental Health Institute serves the community with 1,600 faculty and staff in 20 locations providing inpatient and outpatient services for youth, teens and adults as well as a comprehensive crisis care model which includes the nationally recognized SafeUT app and the 988 crisis hotline for Utah. Our mission is to advance mental health knowledge, hope and healing for all. Learn more at HMHI.utah.edu and join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and LinkedIn.

ABOUT THE AD COUNCIL

The Ad Council convenes creative storytellers to educate, unite and uplift audiences by opening hearts, inspiring action and accelerating change around the most pressing issues in America. Since the non-profit’s founding, the organization and its partners in advertising, media, marketing and tech have been behind some of the country’s most iconic social impact campaigns – Smokey Bear, A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, Love Has No Labels, Tear the Paper Ceiling and many more. With a current focus on mental health, gun safety, the opioid epidemic, skill-based hiring and other critical issues, the Ad Council’s national campaigns encompass advertising and media content, ground game and community efforts, trusted messenger and influencer engagement, and employer programs, among other innovative strategies to move the needle on the most important issues of the day. 

In November 2022, the Ad Council announced a new Mental Health Initiative, uniting brands, marketers, media companies and nonprofits to address the mental health crisis throughout the U.S. at scale. With a founding investment from Huntsman Mental Health Institute, the multi-year initiative aims to change social norms and create a society that is more open, accepting and proactive when it comes to mental health. 

To learn more or get involved, visit AdCouncil.org, join the Ad Council’s communities on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X, and view campaign creative on YouTube.

ABOUT FCB

FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) is a global, award-winning and integrated marketing communications company with a heritage of creativity and success dating from 1873. Named Cannes Lions 2022 #2 Global Network, 2022 Ad Age A-List, 2022 Fast Company Most Innovative, Cannes Lions 2020/2021 Global Network of the Year, Adweek 2020 Global Agency of the Year and the #1 Global Network on The Good Report, FCB focuses on creating Never Finished campaign ideas that have the power to transform brands, businesses and communities. With more than 8,000 people in 109 operations in 80 countries, the company is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). Visit fcb.com or follow @FCBglobal on Instagram and X and FCB Global on Facebook and LinkedIn.


https://healthcare.utah.edu/press-releases/2023/10/new-unprecedented-communications-effort-confronts-national-mental-health

Huntsman Mental Health Institute Breaks Ground on Translational Research Building

Media Contact:
Patricia Brandt
Manager, Public Relations and Communications, Huntsman Mental Health Institute
University of Utah Health
Email: Patricia.Brandt@hsc.utah.edu

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah (HMHI), and Huntsman Mental Health Foundation broke ground today on the new Utah Mental Health Translational Research Building, east of HMHI in Research Park. 

The Utah Mental Health Translational Research Building will be dedicated to innovating mental health research and clinical care. It will create a working lab for researchers and educators to collaborate with experts in science, translational science, artificial intelligence, public policy, business, and law in holistic ways to address mental health challenges, including suicide, child and young adult mental health, and mental health for rural and underserved populations.  

“Mental health touches everyone’s family, regardless of faith, status, neighborhood or history,” said Christena Huntsman Durham, Executive Vice President of the Huntsman Foundation. “Our family stands with families who, like ours, have been impacted by mental health disorders. Together, we are committed to ensuring that the Translational Research Building becomes the vibrant hub of innovation and progress in mental health research that our community urgently needs.” 

The 185,000 square foot, multi-floor building will house the world’s only 7 Tesla MRI dedicated to brain research. Designed with distinctive research neighborhoods, a versatile structure, and state-of-the-art technology, the facility will house a world-class team of researchers, scientists, doctors, and educators who are focused on exponentially improving our knowledge of the brain.  

The Utah Translational Research Building is scheduled to open in 2026 and has received the generous support of the Utah State Legislature and philanthropic donors.  

A rendering of the Utah Translational Research Building, which will be located behind the current Huntsman Mental Health Institute hospital.

“The Utah Translational Research Building will enable Huntsman Mental Health Institute to deliver the research, care, and treatment options to combat one of our nation’s most critical health crises,” said Mark Rapaport, MD, CEO of HMHI. “We want to create a place that will help us bring in a new era of knowledge, hope, and healing for everyone.” 

According to the World Health Organization, mental health issues increased 13% during the last decade. Approximately 970 million people—including 14% of the world’s adolescents —suffer from a mental health issue or drug abuse. To rapidly address the growing mental health crisis, treatment and research are becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. 

About Huntsman Mental Health Institute  

 Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah (HMHI) was established in 2021 following the Huntsman Foundation’s historic gift of $150 million to the University of Utah. HMHI is a university-wide institute with a reputation throughout the Mountain West as a leader in advanced psychiatric treatment and care, serving a diverse population from young children to geriatric patients. Researchers at HMHI develop and apply the most advanced methods in genetics, imaging, epidemiology, and big data analysis. HMHI is also the regional training center for psychiatry and other mental health disciplines. HMHI’s main 170-bed full-service hospital is adjacent to the University of Utah campus, and HMHI’s 1,644 faculty, staff, and students provide clinical, research, and training programs in more than 20 locations across Utah and Idaho.


https://healthcare.utah.edu/press-releases/2023/10/huntsman-mental-health-institute-breaks-ground-translational-research

Largest-Ever Genetic Study of Suicide Finds New Risk Factors

Media Contact:
Julie Kiefer
Associate Director, Science Communications, University of Utah Health
Email: Julie.Kiefer@hsc.utah.edu

The reasons why people attempt suicide include triggers like trauma and stress, as well as inherited genetic factors. A new study has identified 12 DNA variants, or variations in the human genetic code, that are associated with risk of attempting suicide. The research highlights genetic links between suicide attempt and factors that influence physical and behavioral health—including impulsivity, smoking, chronic pain, ADHD, pulmonary conditions, and heart disease. 

These findings suggest that some of the genetic underpinnings of suicide are shared with these conditions.

One day, this information could lead to a better understanding of biological causes of suicide and improvements in prevention strategies. Eventually, such advances could help health care providers identify people who may need mental health support.

“Many people who die from suicide have significant health conditions associated with that risk,” says Anna Docherty, Ph.D., the study’s corresponding author and associate professor of psychiatry at Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah. “If we can use genetic information to characterize the health risks of those who attempt suicide, we can better identify those patients who need contact with the mental health care system.” The research published online on October 1 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

“If we can use genetic information to characterize the health risks of those who attempt suicide, we can better identify those patients who need contact with the mental health care system.”

Anna Docherty, Ph.D.

Scientists at HMHI, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center led the collaboration with multiple institutions worldwide. They analyzed data from 22 different populations across the globe, including people of diverse ancestral and ethnic backgrounds.

UNDERSTANDING GENETIC RISK OF SUICIDE

No single gene causes suicide. Rather, the cumulative effect of many different genes influences a person’s risk. “In psychiatry, we have many tiny genetic effects, but when we account for all of them together, we start to see a real genetic risk signal,” Docherty explains.

To tease out such a diffuse signal, researchers applied statistical methods to data collected from a large number of people and identified genetic variations that are more common among individuals who have attempted suicide. The new analysis combines data from the Million Veteran Program (MVP) and the International Suicide Genetics Consortium (ISGC). Together, these include 43,871 documented suicide attempts and 915,025 ancestry-matched controls, making this the largest genetic study of suicide to date.

A meta-analysis of the studies identified new genetic variants that correlated with suicide attempt. The researchers then compared all variant signals with previously published genetic data on more than 1,000 other traits and disorders, including psychiatric conditions (e.g., ADHD), physical conditions (e.g., heart disease), and behaviors (e.g., smoking), and determined that genetic variants linked to suicide attempt are also linked to other health conditions.

“That allowed us to look at how genetic risk for suicide overlaps with genetic risk for depression, heart disease, and many other risk factors,” Docherty says. “It showed significant overlap with mental health conditions, but also a lot of physical health conditions, particularly for smoking and lung-related illnesses. This is something we can’t necessarily see in medical records of people who die from suicide.”

The results do not mean that people with any one of these health factors are at high risk for attempting suicide, notes Hillary Coon, Ph.D., study co-author and professor of psychiatry at HMHI. Rather, combining the genetic predisposition with other stressors—which could include other genetic risk factors, health conditions, life circumstances, or traumatic events—could increase that risk, she explains.

Initial analyses support the idea that many of the DNA variants that the scientists identified are located in genes with known biological functions, bolstering the case that changes in these genes could affect a person’s physiology or behavior. Several of the genes control processes in cells such as managing cellular stress, repairing damaged DNA, and communicating with the immune system. Most are also highly expressed in the brain and are known targets of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs.

Scientists will need to carry out additional studies to determine whether the variants directly or indirectly impact suicide risk, and how. The research so far has shown an association and not cause and effect.

Understanding how suicide is linked to other health conditions could open doors to new ways of assessing—and treating—suicide risk, Docherty adds. “We want to start to explore the biological underpinnings that are common across suicide and these health factors, because that will lead to the most convincing drug targets,” she says.

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The research published as “Genome-wide association study meta-analysis of suicide attempt identifies twelve genome-wide significant loci and implicates genetic risks for specific health factors” with support from the National Institutes of Health, Huntsman Mental Health Institute, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Janssen Research and Development, LLC, Clark Tanner Research Foundation, Clinical Science Research and Development Sevice of the Veterans Health Administraton Officde of Research and Development, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

About Huntsman Mental Health Institute  

Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) was established in 2021 following the Huntsman Foundation’s historic gift of $150 million to the University of Utah. HMHI is a university-wide Institute with a reputation throughout the Mountain West as a leader in advanced psychiatric treatment and care, serving a diverse population from young children to geriatric patients. Researchers at HMHI develop and apply the most advanced methods in genetics, imaging, epidemiology, and big data analysis. HMHI is also the regional training center for psychiatry and other mental health disciplines. HMHI’s main 170-bed full-service hospital is adjacent to the University of Utah campus, and HMHI’s 1,644 faculty, staff, and students provide clinical, research, and training programs in more than 20 locations across Utah and Idaho.   

For more information, visit HMHI.utah.edu and join the conversation on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Facebook

By Caroline Seydel


https://healthcare.utah.edu/press-releases/2023/10/largest-ever-genetic-study-of-suicide-finds-new-risk-factors

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