McKay-Dee's NUHOPE suicide prevention program receives $10,000 award

Tuesday , April 18, 2017 - 9:48 AM

MAKENZIE KOCH/Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — McKay-Dee Hospital has been awarded $10,000 toward its NUHOPE suicide prevention program, which was named one of 10 "Programs of Excellence" winners in the country.

NUHOPE was chosen for its “high rankings in innovation, collaboration, excellence in community impact, leading practices and program replication,” according to Intermountain Healthcare.

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Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Jackson Healthcare, gives the $10,000 award to 10 hospitals each year. The awards honor “hospital-sponsored programs that set new standards for health and wellness in their communities through education, access and delivery,” according to the program’s website

NUHOPE, which stands for Northern Utah Hold on, Persuade, Empower, holds awareness events and suicide prevention training and helps connect the community with resources. The program also offers school-based suicide prevention classes that reach 12,000 students annually, Intermountain says.

In 2015, suicide was the top cause of death for youth ages 10 to 17 and the second leading cause of death for adults ages 18 to 44 in Utah, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting. More than 600 Utahns died by suicide in 2015.

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