Utah

By The Numbers

712,000

Number of K-12 Students (2022 Projection)i

56,000
Children with major depressionii
25,000

Children with major depression who do not receive treatmentiii

1:2,720

Ratio of School Psychologists to Students
(Recommended Ratio 1:500)

1:8,198

Ratio of School Social Workers to Students
(Recommended Ratio 1:250)

1:591

Ratio of School Counselors to Students
(Recommended Ratio 1:250)

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in Utah

There is a national emergency in children’s mental health. Children and youth are experiencing soaring rates of anxiety, depression, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality. 

Children and youth are experiencing soaring rates of anxiety, depression, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality. Mental health challenges can affect success at school and in life, yet few students get the help they need to thrive.

The Hopeful Futures Campaign, a coalition of national organizations, is committed to ensuring that every student has access to effective and supportive school mental health care. The campaign’s school mental health report cards highlight accomplishments and provide important action steps to help address the children’s mental health crisis in every state.

At A Glance: State School Mental Health Policies

School Mental Health Professionals:

School-Family-Community Partnerships:

Teacher and Staff Training:

Funding
Supports:

Well-Being Checks:

Healthy School Climate:

Skills for Life Success:

Mental Health Education:

Little or no progress achieved

Some progress achieved

Meaningful progress achieved

Substantial progress achieved

HOW UTAH COMPARES

State Rankings from Mental Health America iv

2015

2020

2021

2022

Overall State Rank for Youth Mental Health

23

32

32

32

Youth with At Least One Major Depressive Episode in the Past Year

27,000 / 10.17%

47,000 / 15.48%

51,600 / 16.64%

56,000 / 17.77%

Youth with Major Depressive Episodes in the
Past Year Who Did Not Receive Treatment

Not Asked

24,000 / 53.8%

22,000 / 45.2%

25,000 / 45.4%

Youth with Major Severe Depressive Episodes in the Past Year

Not Asked

31,000 / 10.7%

36,000 / 11.9%

45,000 / 14.5%

Youth with Severe Major Depressive Episodes
Who Received Some Consistent Treatment

Not Asked

11,000 / 27.3%

8,000 / 24.5%

11,000 27.3%

Students Identified with Emotional Disturbance
for an Individualized Education Program

2,263 / 4.21%

1,889 / 3.17%

1,918 / 3.17%

1,933 / 3.12%

Youth with Private Insurance That Did Not
Cover Mental or Emotional Problems

15,745 / 33.8%

10,000 / 4.7%

16,000 / 7.8%

10,000 / 4.7%

Youth with Substance Use Disorder in the Past Year

12,000 / 4.65%

12,000 / 3.84%

10,000 / 3.16%

12,000 / 3.77%

i. Projections of education statistics to 2022. National Center of Education Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved November 11, 2021, from https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2014/2014051.pdf.
ii. The state of Mental Health in America. Mental Health America. (n.d.). Retrieved November 9, 2021, from https://mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-america.
iii. The state of Mental Health in America. Mental Health America. (n.d.). Retrieved November 9, 2021, from https://mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-america.
iv. The state of Mental Health in America. Mental Health America. (n.d.). Retrieved November 9, 2021, from https://mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-america.

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