About Our Chapter
Our Utah Chapter was chartered on October 15, 2010 by dedicated volunteers and survivors of suicide loss. We wanted to bring the resources so desperately needed in our state to educate, empower and help those who are struggling with thoughts of suicide as well as those who have lost loved ones. Our first Out of the Darkness Walk was held in 2007 and has grown to be an annual event in both Salt Lake and St. George. Last year our walks raised over $100,000, as thousands of Utahns' gathered and walked in support of a cause that has affected far too many. We have now walks in Richfield and Vernal. Our Utah Chapter is dedicated to using those funds to provide training and education to our communities so that we may better understand how to help someone at risk. We also have a passion for supporting survivors of suicide loss and those who have lived experience. We value those who have survived their attempts and are still here fighting.
This year we will fund several ASIST Trainings in our state as well as provide, More than Sad, to ALL Junior High and High Schools. This training tool is on the registry for best practices in identifying at risk youth and getting them the help they need. We also have funded a train the trainer for safeTALK and will provide this training free of cost to our communities. We host multiple International Survivors of Suicide Loss conference sites each November. Our Chapter has been instrumental in our Advocacy Efforts both at a state and federal level to ensure that suicide prevention is addressed and we are providing resource information to our local communities. We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of all the organizations throughout Utah to create a world without suicide. We can't do it alone and we need your help. If you want to learn how you can be involved as a volunteer in a grassroots movement contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The founding Utah Chapter Board Members
Welcome. We are the Utah chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.
As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.