Fighting Mental Health Problems in Wyoming

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Mental problems have been mentioned as a factor in many big stories involving shootings the past few years.

Depression rises this time of year according to clinical therapists.

They say getting help for mental health issues isn't hard.

They tell News13's Bobby Poitevint breaking mental health stigmas is the problem.

Many of us have family with mental health like suicidal thoughts depression and substance abuse.

Clinical therapists say some of the best methods in fighting mental health issues is knowing when to tell someone and avoid "toughing" it out.

"A lot of the disorders that we see are truly medical in that there is a chemical imbalance there. People don't see it as they would diabetes. They don't really see it as a true medical issue even though for the most part, a lot of that is. So they're reluctant to get treatment for that” according to Central Wyoming Counseling Center clinical therapist Tabatha Madrigal.

In this case the tough cowboy mindset can actually hurt us.

"There’s a stigma for sure about getting mental health treatment and so sometimes people put that off and don’t get treatment until they're very depressed."

Social media also plays a part in depression.

Now it affects our kids in ways we cannot understand according to clinical therapist Bryan Taylor with Central Wyoming Counseling Center's Adolescent and Residential Treatment Program.

"Now there isn’t a lot of escape due to Facebook, Snapchat, instant messenger whatever it may be your modality of choice. Bullying doesn't stop just because schools out and you can go home. Open your phone there could be a bullying message something like that on there."

He says parents as well as kids can overcome depression by speaking out.

If you hear something say something.

"I think that is a very real fear. So and so trusts me with this information. I break it by telling their parents. My philosophy on it I’d rather my friend be alive and mad at me then have completed suicide."

He adds some of us in Wyoming lack Vitamin D which can trigger depression.

Therapists say vitamins help that deficiency along with sunshine and a healthy lifestyle.

According to a 2015 report from the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death among kids ages 10 to14 in the nation.