Help is Available Now!
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.
The U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line operate 24/7 and offer free support to anyone. Your county Community Mental Health Center can also provide help for mental health crises.
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2020 Wyoming Suicide Prevention Symposium
The Wyoming Department of Health is pleased to announce the 2020 Wyoming Suicide Prevention Symposium. To accommodate as many participants as possible and adhere to social distancing recommendations, this year’s symposium will be held virtually via Zoom.
Join us every Friday in September from 12 PM to 2 PM to learn more about suicide prevention efforts in Wyoming. There is no charge, and all are welcome.
Click on the title of the session to link directly to the Zoom meeting.
S e p t e m b e r 4 th
1 2 : 0 0 PM: CALM (Conversations on Access to Lethal Means) Training
1 : 0 0 PM: The Intersection of Firearms and Suicide
S e p t e m b e r 11 th
1 2 : 0 0 PM: Sources of Strength
S e p t e m b e r 18 th
1 2 : 0 0 PM: Risk and Protective Factors for Young Adults
1 : 0 0 PM: Suicide Prevention in the Time of COVID-19
S e p t e m b e r 2 5 th
1 : 0 0 PM: Suicide Prevention in the LGBTQIA+ Community
All meetings will be recorded and posted on this website.
Community Level Prevention
Suicide prevention begins with community-level training and activities based on data. Community Prevention Specialists (CPS) work with local coalitions to strength prevention efforts around thoughts, feelings, risks and events that place a person at risk. Prevention focuses not only on the drivers of suicidality, but focuses equally on suicide prevention using protective factors and strengths on the individual and community levels.
For more information about community level prevention and to find your county’s CPS, please visit the website below:
Do you know of a suicide prevention resource not shown on the map? Let us know by filling out this form!
Please note: The Wyoming Injury & Violence Prevention Program does not offer crisis counseling or emergency services.
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
We are currently in the process of planning 2020 ASIST workshops. Please check back later for more information. Thank you.
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 2018, the Wyoming suicide rate was 25.1 per 100,000 compared to the national rate of 14.8 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.