SALT LAKE CITY â€” Kohlâ€™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 Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
â€śWeâ€™re incredibly grateful for this commitment from Kohlâ€™s,â€ť Katy Welkie, Primary Childrenâ€™s CEO, said in a statement Thursday. â€śKohlâ€™s generous gift to Intermountain Foundation at Primary Childrenâ€™s will allow us to help many more kids and young people each year, including those who are experiencing emotional turbulence.â€ť
To augment the efforts, Primary Childrenâ€™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 Childrenâ€™s is made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohlâ€™s sells $5 books and soft toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits childrenâ€™s health initiatives nationwide. Since 2005, Kohlâ€™s has contributed more than $190,000 to Primary Childrenâ€™s Hospital.