Suicide is the leading cause of death in youth in the United States ages 15-24, according to the CDC. Teen suicide is a huge issue and our Island Teens are addressing it. Our ITAT students are learning more about mental health struggles like anxiety and depression, so that they can help educate and inform their peers. Teens are less likely to turn to suicide as a solution for their problems when they understand their emotional and mental health, and know where they can turn for help. Our island teens are using their voices to spread awareness of the teen suicide issue and to spread the word on resources their peers can use to get help for mental health concerns.
Our ITAT students are also participating in several focus groups, to help us understand the mental health and emotional issues that they and their peers face.
MY LIFE MY QUIT: mylifemyquit.com is a new service available to teens, to assist them in quitting the highly addictive nicotine products that comprise the teen vaping epidemic. All they need to do is text "Start My Quit" 855-891-9989 to talk or text with a quit coach to cheer them on in their journey of quitting!
- Worldwide, tobacco causes over 7 million deaths per year.
Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.
Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. ·
(Utah DOH, center4research.com, tobaccofreekids.org, truthinitiative.org)
The Pacific Islander community in Utah has the highest rates of hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19. Please continue to practice safe social distancing practices and wear masks in popular public places! To get scheduled for the vaccine, go to healthevents.utahcounty.gov or call (801)851-7183