News Release

Close to one in five Utah adults experience poor mental health, according to new report

August 14, 2019 (Salt Lake City) – A new report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute assesses the current state of mental health services in Utah, highlighting gaps in services, barriers to providing and accessing care, and considerations for improving the system. The research found that nearly one in five Utah adults experience poor mental health.

The report was completed in collaboration with the Utah Hospital Association with the goal of preparing a comprehensive review of Utah’s mental health system in order to allow for informed discussions and decisions regarding potential solutions and reforms.

“It was an honor to collaborate with the Utah Hospital Association on the critical issue of improving Utah’s mental health system,” said Laura Summers, senior health care analyst at the Gardner Institute and lead author of the report. “While the study revealed there are many gaps and barriers to achieving an ‘ideal system,’ there is also a lot of hope and determination among industry stakeholders to move us there.”

Highlights from the report include the following:

  • The demand for youth services is increasing. Suicide was the leading cause of death for