Wyoming Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention
The Public Health Division places priority on working with individuals, communities, and other organizations on prevention activities based in current outcomes research. We support a variety of activities and policy changes with a goal of educating young people and adults and encouraging them to make healthy choices about their use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
All people live within a larger environment that includes the influences of their own genetic and individual characteristics, and the influences of family, co-workers, fellow students, teachers, bosses, neighbors, friends, churches, clubs, agencies, services, stress levels, politicians, cultural traditions, institutions and economic systems, social and environmental policies.
Mental illness, suicide, and substance abuse arise out of single effects or of combinations of these influences and are the subjects of various prevention activities. Some influences are more direct, such as genetics or family, and some influences are more indirect, such as economic systems and social policies.
Recent trends that influence the models and choices we make in prevention are 1) a focus on evidence-based prevention activities, those based on solid theory validated by research, and those interventions supported by a body of knowledge and expert consensus, and 2) the necessity of outcome goals and measurements.
Community prevention activities around the state, supported by Wyoming Department of Health funding, are largely carried out by the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming (PMO). The PMO published a report highlighting the organization's first sixteen months of prevention efforts in Wyoming.
Please click here to learn more about the PMO and their community-based contacts.
Programs and Services
The Suicide Prevention Program provides an array of services in the prevention of suicidal behaviors across the lifespan. The Wyoming Youth Suicide Prevention (WYSP) initiative is focused on reducing suicidal behaviors among youth aged 10-24, and employs a public heath approach to prevention, relying on evidence-based models, best practices, and strong program evaluation.
Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP)
Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP) provides tobacco users access to free counseling services through the QuitLine (1-800-Quit-Now) or QuitNet at quitwyo.org. Upon enrollment in cessation counseling services, clients receive phone and online counseling or coaching, nicotine replacement therapy, as well as assistance with the cost of prescription medications that help with cessation success.
Research in the United States and across the world, funded by SAMHSA and the World Health Organization, has shown that educating people to the personal health risks of their substance use and results in them reducing their substance use. This screening and motivational interviewing process is extremely effective when a person has risky and non-dependent use of the substance, as this process helps them see the effects of use on their daily experiences.