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As two celebrities died in apparent suicides this week, a new federal report shows suicide rates have risen dramatically across the country over the past two decades. Utah continues to have one of the nation's highest rates for such deaths.

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In the Hive Mind, KUER reporters take questions from our listeners and try to help find the answer. This week KUER spoke to a woman with a life or death question about mental health. 

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The 2018 Utah legislative session ends Thursday night, and lawmakers are passing bills at a breakneck pace. More than 60 were passed on Tuesday alone. Here’s a look at some of them:

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Carbon County has some of the highest rates of opioid overdoses and death by suicide in the state. This week the Southeast Utah Health Department held a conference in Price to talk about it. Organizers called it the HOPE Summit.

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Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Utahns aged 10 to 17. After learning that 44 teenagers in Utah died by suicide last year, Gov. Gary Herbert formed a special task force last month.

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Utah’s suicide hotlines receive nearly 10,000 calls each year from people in crisis, but not all are staffed 24/7. That’s why lawmakers are pushing new legislation to keep those lines open and staffed. 

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Encircle, the nonprofit that serves LGBTQ youth in Provo, is opening a new site in Salt Lake City.

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You’ve probably heard the statistics: Utah ranks fifth in the nation for death by suicide, and it’s the leading cause of death for 10-17-year-olds. To try to better understand why suicide is such a problem here, the Department of Health recently hired sociologist Michael Staley to research it.

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State lawmakers are considering a statewide hotline for people to call if they’re thinking of committing suicide.  Supporters say Utah, which has some of the highest suicide rates in the country is desperate for a number that’s easy to remember and connects callers directly to services without delay.

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University of Utah researchers are working on a treatment for people who may suffer from depression caused in part by high altitude. Some say this helps explain why states like Utah have some of the highest suicide rates in the country.

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The city of Draper has received a $10,000 grant to provide youth suicide prevention programs to the community.