We must also understand what can and cannot be said with available data. For example, in November 2015, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a policy
regarding church members who entered into same-sex marriages. This included children living with a same-sex married couple needing to wait until 18 years old to be baptized. It is no overstatement to say this policy sent shockwaves through church membership and beyond. Prominent voices have attempted to link
the increasing Utah youth suicide rate to the Church of Jesus Christ’s position on homosexual relationships, including the November policy
. Although we do not know how many LGBTQ youth die by suicide in Utah
, with 2016 data recently available we can examine whether the November policy coincided with an increase in Utah youth suicides.