SALT LAKE CITY — Kohl’s is teaming up with local caregivers to address the mental health needs of young people with a $300,000 donation to the Intermountain Foundation at Primary Children’s Hospital.
“We’re incredibly grateful for this commitment from Kohl’s,” Katy Welkie, Primary Children’s CEO, said in a statement Thursday. “Kohl’s generous gift to Intermountain Foundation at Primary Children’s will allow us to help many more kids and young people each year, including those who are experiencing emotional turbulence.”
To augment the efforts, Primary Children’s Hospital will undertake a public service campaign to improve awareness of ways to recognize and prevent depression and suicide-related behavior among children and adolescents, and promote help-seeking behaviors.Comment on this story
According to 2015 statistics from the Utah Department of Health, 24.8 percent of Utah students reported they felt sad or hopeless, 16.6 percent reported they seriously considered attempting suicide, 13.5 percent reported they made a suicide plan, and 7.6 percent reported they attempted suicide one or more times. In Utah, suicide has surpassed unintentional injuries to become the leading cause of death among youth ages 10-17.
Kohl's commitment to Primary Children’s is made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and soft toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health initiatives nationwide. Since 2005, Kohl’s has contributed more than $190,000 to Primary Children’s Hospital.