Suicide Help Available Across Wyoming

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The recent suicides of two celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain again emphasize the need for discussions on suicide prevention.

News 13's Connor Comeau has a look at available resources and the strain suicide prevention can put on small communities.

The topic of suicide is back in the spotlight after recent celebrity deaths.

Coalition leaders say, now is an important time to get the message out, especially since Wyoming is among the top ten states leading suicide rates in the U.S.

Felicia Smith at the Converse County Coalition shared, “Suicide is such an issue in Wyoming. As it is like you said we're number one in the nation for statistic wise. And that's scary when you consider how small our population is."

There are resources available statewide for anyone having suicidal thoughts.

Natrona County Suicide Task Force’s Felicia Cummings added to the conversation, "we offer suicide prevention awareness trainings so that anybody in the community, all the way up to professionals and clinical, know how to handle suicides."

Wyoming has mental health facilities in every county to help those dealing with mental health issues, but for smaller counties having a limited number of resources can put a strain on the resources themselves.

The other problem, people not wanting to receive help.

"We really try to get out there with the prevention training and education as much as possible, but there's still that huge stigma of suicide.

People are afraid to say they need help.”

Coalition leaders say for those who need it, help is always available.

"As long as we all just work together and make it aware we're all here for each other then I think eventually we'll be able to talk about it more."

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, just call 1-800-273-8255.