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Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah and the home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. A large number of the 189,300 residents that live in the city are Mormon1. Located in the northeast region of the Salt Lake Valley, the city is surrounded by the Great Salt Lake and offers residents and visitors an assortment of recreational, cultural, and religious activities, and stunning scenery. Twin Peaks, part of the Wasatch Mountain Range, is the highest point in the region, and during the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, the Olympic Rings were displayed on the peaks. Some people visit the city to watch a Utah Jazz basketball game or attend the portion of the annual Sundance Film Festival that takes place in the city, and others visit the city to celebrate the Mormons’ settling in the area. A state holiday is dedicated to the historical event, and every July, thousands of visitors attend the week-long festivities and listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Mental Health Statistics
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over 10,700 residents of the Salt Lake region received treatment for substance abuse issues in 2008. The city relied on 53 outpatient facilities, 5 inpatient hospitals, and 24 inpatient, non-hospital treatment facilities to serve its residents2. Between 2005 and 2010, 8.8% reported having a substance use disorder, 9.1% of area adults used marijuana, and 6.3% used pain medication for nonmedical purposes. During that same time, 8.2% of residents reported having experienced at least one episode of depression in a one-year time period3.

The Utah Department of Human Services reported that over 14,740 individuals were treated for mental health and substance-use issues in Salt Lake County in 2012. Of those, 2,317 had anxiety, 1,619 had ADHD, 1,388 had a mood-regulation problem, and 512 had depression4.

Salt Lake City Makes Mental Health a Community Priority
The city, county, and state integrate their human services to offer the most targeted and comprehensive resources and programs to all residents of the Salt Lake region. Children’s Mental Health Services include outpatient therapy, evaluation, testing, and medication supervision and recommendations. Crisis and emergency services are also available, and the department works to treat the entire family when a child is in need. Through carefully structured family-support networks, the department is able to provide families and caregivers with education, support, and even respite care for those who have a child with emotional issues5.

Adults can access an array of helpful resources and services through the city and county as well. Aid is available to victims of domestic violence and survivors of abuse through professional medical and psychological staff members, support groups, and ongoing help. The Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health works directly with the Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) to provide services to seriously mentally ill adults and emotionally impaired children6. The CMHCs are there to give intensive care to those most in need. Residents who do not meet the criteria for services can benefit from self-help support groups and other resources offered through the state and county websites.

1 U.S. Department of Commerce, United States Census Bureau. (2013). State & County QuickFacts. Retrieved from

2 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2013). Metro Brief: Substance Abuse Treatment in Metropolitan Areas. Retrieved from

3 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Salt Lake City MSA. Retrieved from

4 Utah Department of Human Services. (2013). Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Annual Report: 2012. Retrieved from

5 Utah Department of Human Services. (2013). Children’s Mental Health Services. Retrieved from

6 Utah Department of Human Services. (2013). Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Retrieved from