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University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and the work-from-home trend could be a boon for people with disabilities.

2020Talks - May 26, 2020 


Monday was Memorial Day. More than 100,000 people in the five major U.S. territories are military veterans, but can't vote for commander-in-chief. Plus, Puerto Rico has a statehood referendum this November.

Public News Service - UT: Mental Health

Public health officials say the stress of life during the coronavirus crisis has caused a sharp increase in the number of people in Utah experiencing depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. (Kioshkin/AdobeStock)<br /> <br />

SALT LAKE CITY -- While most Utahns seem to have weathered the coronavirus pandemic with less illness and death than has been seen elsewhere, they have not been unaffected by the crisis. Public health officials say the stress and uncertainty of living under a stay-at-home order has caused an increas

Mental-health professionals say the stay-at-home precautions to counter the coronavirus pandemic are causing many people to develop feelings of stress, anxiety and isolation. (Rido/Adobe Stock)<br />

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utahns dealing with stress and anxiety because of the coronavirus crisis can turn to a growing number of free mental-health services across the state. Professionals say many people are having difficulty dealing with job loss or a sense of isolation, along with stay-at-home precaut

A report commissioned by the Utah Legislature finds that simple steps such as trigger locks could prevent many of the state’s firearm suicides. (Wikimedia Commons)<br /><br />

SALT LAKE CITY — A new study finds that 85 percent of deaths involving firearms in Utah are suicides. And state officials hope to use that data to develop strategies to prevent those deaths. The report, developed for the Utah Legislature by the Harvard School of Public Health, showed that wh

The Human Rights Campaign says policies that promote inclusive school atmospheres are key to protecting LGBTQ teens' well-being. (jglsongs/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY — A new survey shows high rates of depression and anxiety among LGBTQ teens nationwide. Advocates say lawmakers could do more to ensure kids aren't bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign surveyed 12,000 kids age 13-17 who ident

A majority of the people incarcerated in Utah have less than a high school education. (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY -- A new program spearheaded by the University of Utah is reviving higher education classes for incarcerated people at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper, after a ten year hiatus. Erin Castro, an assistant professor at the University, is the driving force behind The Univ

Student anxiety and incidents of harassment have increased since the 2016 presidential election, according to a survey of school personnel. (iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY – This year's presidential election has had a big impact on the nation's schools, grades K-12. According to a new national survey of educators by the Southern Poverty Law Center, student anxiety and incidents of harassment are on the rise. Maureen Costello, the report's author

A new report offers gift-giving tips to inspire gratitude and generosity. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY — People feel more grateful for memorable experiences than for material objects, new research suggests. And those feelings of gratitude also lead to more generous behavior. People did make positive comments about the stuff they bought or received, explained study co-author and

A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Utah is making its way through the state legislature. (Wikipedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY - A bill to legalize medical marijuana is set for a final vote this week in the Utah Senate after getting preliminary approval by just two votes. The measure, Senate Bill 73, allows qualifying medical patients to use marijuana in edible, extract and oil form to treat illness. Magg

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