Utah has the fifth highest rate of suicide in the nation and is the leading cause of death in Utahns aged ten to seventeen. On average two Utahns die as a result of suicide every day and twelve Utahns are treated for suicide attempts every day.
The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program – right from your smartphone. The app was created to focus on the safety and well-being of students in Utah to prevent bullying, criminal activities, and planned school attacks.
The SafeUT program and app help youth stay healthy and safe in schools by providing high-quality, confidential counseling services. SafeUT answers crisis calls, texts, and chats – about yourself or someone else 24/y. These free services are confidential and include topics such as:
- Depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues
- Suicide prevention
- Loss and grief
- Bullying and cyberbullying
- Drug & alcohol problems
- Relationship difficulties
- Any life challenge
The app’s key features include:
- Confidential and password protected services
- Real-time, two-way communication with SafeUT crisis counselors available 24/7
- Tips can be submitted with picture and/or video
- Spanish-speaking capabilities
- Mobile app works with Apple & Android devices
The SafeUT program was developed with funding from the Utah State Legislature in collaboration with University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah Office of the Attorney General, and the Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition.