A #RoundtableTuesday edition of RadioACTive digs into Utah's ranking as 6th highest rate of suicide in the U.S. Community Co-Host Risshan Leak leads a panel discussion with musician Alex Boyé, Dr. Mike Jaffee and therapist Jameson Holman. The American Federation for Suicide Prevention Utah's Taryn Hiatt with a call support bills supporting mental health services. Plus, Catherine Weller of the League of Women Voters on voting and election bills making the rounds at The People's House.
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Another round of #ThePeoplesBusiness, a recap of legislative action on Utah's Capitol Hill. Tonight's guests:
Catherine Weller of the League of Women Voters of Utah, a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
BILLS TO WATCH: H.B. 56 -- Voter Accessibility Amendments (Rep. Matthew Gwynn, R-Dist. 29, Farr West); H.B. 313 Second Substitute -- Election Security Amendments (Rep. John Hawkins, R-Dist 57, Pleasant Grove); H.B. 371 -- Voting Revisions (Rep. Phil Lyman, R-Dist. 73, Blanding).
READ: Released in January, the League's Utah Elections Procedures Study is "an in-depth look at Utah’s voting and election procedures, including a review of relevant statutes, responses to a survey of Utah’s county clerks, and media statements made by election officials." Click here to read it.
SIGN: Let Utah Vote Petition, recognizing "Utah has a history of making our voting system easy, secure, and inexpensive, from voting by mail to offering opportunities for Utahns to cast their ballots early. Now is the time for us to raise our voices and let our legislators know that we will not accept any restrictions on vote-by-mail. early voting, voter registration drives, or any other aspect of our accessible democracy!." To sign the petition and have postcards mailed in your name to your elected state representative and senator, click here.
GO IRL and URL: The League's Legislative Action Committee hosts a weekly brown bag in Capitol Building Room 105 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. every Thursday. You can join them in person or online to hear from guest speakers and league observers.
Taryn Hiatt, area director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Utah. The nonprofit creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide.
THANK LAWMAKERS FOR 988: Utah was one of the first states in the U.S. to enact state 988 legislation, ensuring that Utah's local crisis call centers are adequately funded and resourced by the time the new 988 number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (currently 1-800-273-8255) is available nationwide in July.
BILLS TO WATCH: H.B. 278 -- Behavioral Health Treatment Access Amendments (Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Dist. 45, Sandy); H.B. 358 -- Mental Health Treatment Amendments, (Rep. Brian King, Dist. 28-SLC); S.B. 177 Substitute -- Behavioral Health Crisis Response Amendments (Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-Dist. 12, Salt Lake/Tooele); H.B. 127 -- Medical Practice Amendments (Rep. Rex Shipp, R-Dist. 72, Cedar City).
Feb. 22: Supporting Those at Risk, virtual, 6:30 p.m. When someone in your life attempts suicide or experiences suicidal thoughts, it can be difficult to know how to best support them in their recovery. Introduction to Supporting Those At Risk is designed to provide you with information and resources on how to support someone in your life with lived experience. In the context of this presentation, the term “lived experience” refers to someone's experience with suicidal thoughts and/or a past suicide attempt. Suggested Participants:
Feb. 26: Más Que Triste: Entrenamiento para Padres, 10:00 a.m. online, in collaboration with Latino Behavioral Health Services: "More Than Sad (Más que triste) es un entrenamiento para la prevención de suicidio específicamente diseñada para padres y educadores de jóvenes y niños que están pasando por una dificultad emocional o mental. En este entrenamiento, los participantes aprenderán a reconocer los signos de depresión y otros problemas de salud mental, a iniciar una conversación con sus hijos y a obtener ayuda para ellos. Este evento sera EN PERSONA en las oficinas de Latino Behavioral. Para registrarse, por favor sigue este link: mts226.attendease.com."
#RoundtableTuesday Community Co-Host Risshan Leak led an all-male panel discussion on mental health. Panelists who shared their own stories as well as expertise in the pursuit of positive mental health included:
Dr. Michael Jaffe, who will soon be part of The SMART Clinic in Draper. He shared the mental health benefits that come from a plant-based diet, regular exercise and mindfulness practice.
Jameson Holman, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Lioncrest Counseling in Salt Lake. Last month, he and his colleague, Melanie Davis, started providing an extra layer of support and connection for teens with a BIPOC Teen Social Skills and Therapeutic Connection Group.
Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, KRCL 90.9fm. Tonight's show was produced by Lara Jones and hosted by Risshan Leak.