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Facts About Suicide

Suicide is the leading cause of death of teenagers in Weber and Morgan Counties. It is also the 7th leading cause of death for Utahns and 5th in the nation for deaths by suicide. The Weber-Morgan Health Department has a goal of reducing the suicide rate in our community by promoting public awareness, creating a suicide-safe community, and providing education and training in suicide prevention in collaboration with our partners: AFSP, NAMI, NUHOPE, Weber Human Services, and the Utah Army National Guard.


Suicide Prevention Training

If you are interested in attending any of our suicide prevention trainings, please contact Lacey McFarland at (801)399-7187 or lmcfarland@co.weber.ut.us


Training Dates:

July 11 & 12 Mental Health First Aid - Training is FREE!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:Where can I go for help?

You can call the Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline at (801) 625-3700. This number serves Weber, Morgan, and Davis Counties and help is available 24 hours/7 days.

You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Their website has a Chat feature if you prefer to use online services. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.

Crisis Call Center is also another service available. Call 775-784-8090 or Text "ANSWER" to 839863. This service is available 24 hours/7 days. You can also receive help for resources through the Crisis Text Line at http://www.crisistextline.org/textline/.

If you feel you need immediate assistance and do not want to call one of the numbers above, you may go to the local hospital, go to a counselor, seek assistance from a local church leader or chaplain, or call the local police department. They will be able to further assist you.

Q:What is QPR?

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. It is a three step method that anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. To find out more information about QPR, visit the QPR Institute online at http://www.qprinstitute.com/.

Q: What is safeTALK?

safeTALK is a standardized suicide prevention course that is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares someone to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. safeTALK helps someone recognize the signs and take action by connection them with life-saving intervention resources. safeTALK helps expand the reach of suicide intervention skills in communities around the world. For more information on the safeTALK course, visit LivingWorks online at https://www.livingworks.net/programs/safetalk/.

Q:What is ASIST?

ASIST stands for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and is the world’s leading standardized suicide intervention course. It is a two-day interactive workshop that teaches someone to recognize a person-at-risk of suicide and provide suicide first aid. To read more information about the ASIST workshop, visit LivingWorks online at https://www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/.

  • Q: Why do we need courses such as QPR, safeTALK, and ASIST?

    Suicide is the leading cause of death of teenagers in Weber and Morgan Counties. It is the 7th leading cause of death of Utahns. More people die in Utah from suicide than from vehicular accidents. Suicide is preventable. To prevent it though, friends, families, neighbors, and others in the community need to recognize persons-at-risk and be able to first aid. These courses teach suicide first aid and creates a suicide-safe environment. This environment or community will allow those seeking assistance to receive assistance without the stigma that is associated with suicide.

  • Q: What is a suicide-safe community and why do we need them?

    A suicide-safe community is one where a person-at-risk can feel comfortable talking about their thoughts and feelings about suicide and be able to get the assistance they need without being stigmatized. The only way to lower rates of suicide in our communities is to lower the stigma and increase the amount of caregivers available to provide suicide first aid. Building suicide-safe communities allows us to do this.

  • Health Promotion Director

    Jesse Bush
    Office: 801-399-7283
    Email: jbush@co.weber.ut.us

    Suicide Prevention Health Educators

    Lacey McFarland
    Office: 801-399-7187
    Email: lmcfarland@co.weber.ut.us
    Jann Fawcett
    Office: 801-399-7186
    Email: jfawcett@co.weber.ut.us

    Office Address:

    477 23rd Street
    Ogden, Utah 84401

    Related Links

    Suicide Resource Guide
    Mantherapy Video
    Weber-Morgan Health Department

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