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KSL awarded for suicide prevention broadcast

By Candice Madsen | Posted - Dec. 4, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — Educators, mental health workers and law enforcement members attended the 14th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference Wednesday at BYU sponsored by Hope4Utah.

KSL was honored during the conference for the station's suicide prevention efforts, which included the special broadcast in April "Breaking the Silence of Suicide."

"This is an award that tells us we are making a difference in the community and that to us is more meaningful than any other award we get," said Tanya Vea, executive vice president of news and cross-platform development.

She told the audience KSL is committed to helping decrease suicide rates.

"We are here to highlight the great work you are all doing," Vea said. "We are your megaphone essentially. We aren't doing the tough stuff. You are. We are deeply appreciative of that."

Utah ranks in the top 10 states for suicide and is fifth highest for youth suicides.

In 2012, the Legislature passed three new laws related to suicide prevention in schools. One of the bills requires teachers to attend suicide prevention training.

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