Why Utah's pastors and politicians care about the national weekend of prayer for suicide prevention

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  • JLindow St. George, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:17 p.m.

    Thoughts and prayers are for people who want to feel like they're doing something without actually doing anything.

  • Deseret Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:06 a.m.

    The high incidence of suicide by young people deserves attention and action. I commend the intent of the initiative.
    I would just hope that the faithful who heed the call to pray and help out when the calling comes also remember that many of the youth at risk have tried praying and much of what the church has to offer, so more of the same isn't always the right answer.
    There might be cases where the best action for youth at risk to allow them to find secular and non-denominational solutions, so I think we need to prepared to help in that direction also.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:23 a.m.

    We need to be creating the kind of society that young people can feel hopeful about and feel they want to be a part of. Instead, we are going the opposite direction.