Suicide is a taboo topic in many households, but a simple conversation can save someone’s life.
Sally Spencer-Thomas a psychologist travels the country speaking about this taboo topic.
On Wednesday she stopped in Casper.
People gathered at Casper College for an engaging workshop focused on suicide prevention.
Wyoming has one of the largest suicide rates across the country, making this forum and education important.
Thomas discussed how middle-aged men are most-likely to show suicidal symptoms.
Some suicidal tendencies, according to Thomas include wanting to take one’s life, expressing hopelessness, feeling like a burden on others and feeling trapped.
"Don't be afraid to bring the subject up, even if it is just kind of this what we call this spider scene concern. It’s better for you to introduce the conversation and be wrong and be embraced that you were wrong than have the conversation and someone dies,” shared Thomas.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies the suicide prevention hot-line is one of many available resources: 1-800-273-8255.