Op-ed: Lower health care costs can combat rising suicide rates

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  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    June 23, 2018 10:18 a.m.

    The high cost of healthcare is becoming the anchor around everyone's neck.

    I know people who can't change jobs because of the benefits.
    I know people who are homeless because they had no access to mental health care.
    I know people who have lost everything due to a serious illness.

    These costs need to be attacked by congress. But instead congress accepts checks from Big Pharma and doctor's groups and the swindle goes on.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    June 23, 2018 9:01 a.m.

    One significant thing that would help would be to expand our safety nets. Passage of medicaid expansion would help people who are down and out afford help they need. Recent articles put things like relationship issues, personal financial setbacks and health issues as significant contributers. ie, large personal blows that can make people feel hopeless. It doesn't always take rocket science to figure things out. The mentally ill, those with debilitating depression, bipolar, and severe anxiety have as a consequence a harder time finding and keeping employment. This country has made access to affordable health insurance and having a job synonymous. This set up makes it so when it rains it pours. You lose your job, your depression and hopelessness gets worse, anxiety spikes and now you have no money and no insurance to afford the help you need just when you need the help the most.

    The scary thing is the suicide rates are increasing with record employment. People like to blame religion, but religion has been know to be a protective factor. Society has been becoming less religious, and suicide rates have gone up significantly in that time.

  • Dave T in Ogden Ogden, UT
    June 23, 2018 8:23 a.m.

    This suicide epidemic will never be lowered unless barriers to real change are addressed.
    1. We have always done it this way.
    2. Only the experts know best.
    3. Do not question the leader of the group.
    If everyday, a huge number of cancer patients are lost from a certain chemo, why keep giving this same cancer treatment? The same can be said of preventing suicides. So what if you can pay for mental health treatment, like the cancer treatments, if you don't re-analyze if whether something is working or not, nothing will change. After all, we have always treated mental health problems in our communities this certain way because our "experts" say so.