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If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of harming themselves, please call 911.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “WYO” to 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line. People call/text to talk about lots of things: financial troubles, relationships, sexual identity, depression, illness, and loneliness, to name a few. Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life.
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Suicide Prevention Training
Suicide prevention training helps save lives. A brief description of some key suicide prevention trainings offered in Wyoming is available on our suicide prevention training page.
There are also a number of suicide prevention trainers in Wyoming. WDH publishes the Wyoming Suicide Prevention Trainers Network as a public resource.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
WDH is currently offering several free Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) across Wyoming. For more information on ASIST, please visit our suicide prevention training page. Below is a list of scheduled ASIST trainings. We will be adding to this list regularly.
Cody – May 22-23
Rock Springs – June 5-6
Casper – July 19-20
Gillette – August 14-15
Recognizing & Responding to Suicide Risk in the Emergency Department
The Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk in the Emergency Department (RRSR-ED) is a one-day training program for Emergency Department (ED) personnel to improve skills in triaging, screening, assessing, treating and making discharge dispositions for patients at risk of suicide.
As many as one in ten suicides are by people seen in the ED within two months of their death, making the ED a prime location for making life-saving interventions. This training is provided by the American Association for Suicidology and is open to anyone who works in the ED. A second day of training is also available for those who would like to become a certified RRSR-ED trainer.
Wyoming Medical Center
Training: June 25, 2018
Train the Trainer: June 26, 2018
CE and CME credits are available. For more information, contact Sarah Spafford at 307-777-2923 or email@example.com.
Question, Persuade, Refer
WDH is now offering monthly Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training in Cheyenne, Wyoming (see dates below). For more information on QPR, please visit our suicide prevention training page. If you would like to host a QPR for your community or organization, please contact Sarah Spafford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-777-2923.
June 28, 2018, 10:00AM
July 26, 2018, 10:00AM
August 30, 2018, 10:00AM
Suicide in Wyoming
Suicide is a leading cause of preventable death in Wyoming with negative impacts that are felt by individuals, families, and communities throughout the state. The Wyoming suicide rate is consistently higher than the US. In 2016, the Wyoming suicide rate was 24.2 per 100,000 compared to the national rate of 13.9 per 100,000.
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.