The Deseret News circa 2007 read: “Utah most depressed state in the country.”
Utah is the most depressed state in the country, according to a nationwide study.The first-of-its kind examination of “level” of depression and actual outcomes for those seeking help for it ranks Utah 51st on a list of 51. South Dakota has the “best depression status” in the country.
Just two years later: “Feeling unhappy? Move to Utah”
Never mind the anti-depressant drugs. A recent study suggests that the saddened at heart should consider moving to Utah for a happiness boost.
Running at nearly 70 points on a well-being scale out of a possible 100, Utah hit the top of the charts according to a study by University of Cambridge researcher Jason Rentfrow.
So what explains the disparity between these studies? And which do you find more believable: Utah as the happiest state or the most depressed?
For those who fall squarely in the latter camp and believe that Utah’s depression/suicide rates are tidily reducible to Mormonism, you owe it to yourself to consider FAIR’s apologetic articles on this matter. Some good points are raised.