Depression, Mental Illness, and Suicide in the Mormon Corridor


Early this year, I heard a vlogger decry the many suicides in Utah that happen as a direct result of LDS church policies, teachings, and doctrines. I was curious to know if this was true or not, so I did some research. I didn’t actually find anything to concretely tie the suicides directly to the church, but I did discover some interesting statistics.

In an article from the LA Times, a study was shared in which Utah was found to be the state with the most antidepressant use in America. The author states, “Antidepressant drugs are prescribed in Utah more often than in any other state, at a rate nearly twice the national average.” To be fair, this study was conducted in 2002 and things may have improved since then, but there doesn’t seem to have been any follow up study.

In 2020, Mental Health America, a nonprofit organization…

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