Utah Thrives Podcast | Mental Health in Anxious Times

Written by: Peter Reichard

In this edition of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation President Peter Reichard talks with Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University; Mark Rapaport, CEO of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute at University of Utah School of Medicine; and Doug Thomas, Director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health for the State of Utah. 

The conversation is excerpted from a recent Utah Foundation Breakfast Briefing sponsored by the Garbett Family Foundation.

Among the questions the group addresses: 

  • How does pandemic-era mental health in Utah compare to the nation’s? 
  • How is the increasing use of technology affecting our mental health? 
  • What is telehealth doing for mental health care?
  • Is the mainstreaming of marijuana use bringing new mental health dangers? 
  • How do we ensure that students remain connected to higher education institutions? 
  • How do we expand the pool of mental health professionals? 
  • How do we reduce cost barriers to mental health?


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