Depression is an extremely prevalent mental illness in the US. More than 25 million Americans age twelve or older will suffer at least one episode of depression every year – nearly 20% of that population group. This is according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Put simply, one out of every five Americans age 12 and up suffers from depression or has at least once in the past year.
However, when analyzing data on depression by state provided publicly by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it becomes clear that Utah has a significant depression issue. Out of all fifty states, Utah has the 11th highest rate of diagnosed depression with 21.98% of residents suffering. Also, rather sadly, Utah has the ninth-highest rate of suicide in the US.
The good news is that help is available to you, free and confidential help, around the clock. Here are three helplines any Utah resident can call to receive assistance for depression. Call today and start down a path toward helping yourself, or helping someone you know.
The National Depression Hotline
Anybody anywhere can call 866-629-4564 to reach a specialist with The National Depression Helpline. It’s a free, confidential, around-the-clock helpline for depression and/or anxiety. Call now for immediate assistance, or click here to visit the website which offers a wealth of additional information and resources. When you’re ready, we’re here to listen.
WBH Receiving Center
The Wasatch Behavioral Health Receiving Center offers crisis resources to all Utah residents. Their helpline has been appropriated to 9-8-8, and therefore any residents may dial 988 at anytime to be connected with a mental health specialist. Click here to visit the WBH Receiving Center webpage, or walk in anytime: 1175 E. 300 N. Provo, UT 84606.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a helpline for all US residents to receive assistance for depression and/or any form of mental issue. Call 800-950-6264 from Monday to Friday, 10AM to 10PM, or text “HelpLine” to 62640. You may also visit the Utah-specific NAMI website, which offers a wealth of info, by clicking here.