Utah needs more psychiatrists to tackle our mental health crisis. Tell senators to support HB 174!
Utah has one of the highest suicide rates among the 50 states, but ranks 42nd out of 50 states in psychiatrists per capita. While nearly 1 in 5 Utahns suffer from a mental health condition, there are not enough psychiatrists to properly treat these individuals.
Only medical professionals—such as a psychologist—can prescribe medication, so it is imperative that Utah bring in more psychiatric medical residents. Currently, the University of Utah only accepts 8 new general/adult psychiatry residents per year, which is not enough to provide the mental health services Utahns need. HB 174 would require the University of Utah to select up to four more psychiatry medical residents beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year.