Suicide is a leading cause of preventable death in Wyoming with negative impacts that are felt by individuals, families, and communities throughout the state. Over the past three decades Wyoming has consistently had one of the highest per-capita suicide rates in the nation, currently ranking fourth with a suicide rate of 20.8 suicide deaths per a population of 100,000 people in 2014, compared to the national average of 12.93.
The 2017-2021 Wyoming State Suicide Prevention Plan provides an overview of suicide death in Wyoming, a historical perspective of suicide prevention efforts within the state, and current and planned goals and objectives for suicide prevention initiatives to be implemented. The goals and objectives have been closely aligned with the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action, a report from the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.