No, We Are Not “Fine”
Utah’s suicide rate has been consistently higher than the U.S. rate for the last decade. See the statistics here.
The number of drug overdose deaths – a majority of which are from prescription drugs – in Utah increased by 59 percent since 1999 when the rate was 10.6 per 100,000. Our state is #8 in the nation in drug overdose deaths. See more statistics here and here.
Utah culture is currently very toxic and frankly, deadly. It is much worse for Mormons and even worse for LGBT mormons. How LGBT people are treated in Utah is appalling. (See an article on gay LDS youth being thrown out of their home and forced to live on the streets – here) .
I did a sermon on this issue last week. Read it here. If the LDS faith wants to continue to exist, they really need to address these issues and soon. They say they support “traditional” families, but their families are currently being torn apart by suicide and by drugs. Attacking other families won’t help them, it will only hurt them as they will also lose almost all of their GLBT members and many of the friends and families of LGBT people. They need to look at their own culture. This really is a crisis that faith alone will not solve.