Survivors of Suicide Share to Remember and Never Forget

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Twenty-two Natrona County residents died by suicide this year, this according a county coroner's report.

Wyoming still has some of the highest suicide rates in the nation.

Saturday, Wyomingites remembered the lives of those lost to suicide.

News 13's Bobby Poitevint spoke with individuals who have survived suicide and lost loved ones to it.

At Central Wyoming Counseling Center, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, many residents recognize "Survivors of Suicide Day."

It's not only recognized nationwide, but also around the world.

Wyomingites shared their stories of impact, some ways to remember lost loved ones.

Morgan Lee commented, “I lost him. He was later diagnosed with cancer and shortly after that, killed himself."

And another resident lost a friend who jumped off a Las Vegas building.
"That death has haunted me for years. It made me not want to go to Vegas as an adult. I've been there a few times as a kid but I was terrified to go to Vegas worrying I would look at every hotel I passed wondering if that was the one,” shared Julie Browell.

A trans-gender woman also shared her story of surviving suicide.

Melody Cain shared, “The next minute I wake up with a fog with a mouth full of oxycodone and I had a decision to make either swallow them and end the pain or spit them out knowing that I had a young child about to come home from school. "

Cain added she has battled suicidal thoughts for years.

We asked, how many times have you tried to kill yourself?

She responded "More than I can actually physically count."

Survivors and families of suicide victims said anyone can help and that no one is to blame.

"Makes me really proud when I’m working with kids that come back to me and tell me that they have gone down to the office and they have talked and they have also been chastised for it from peers. They do it anyway because they understand the importance of it and that it might save someone’s life."

"You get to a point where you just really don’t think anybody really cares and that you’re doing your family a favor and that’s the biggest lie of all."

Mari Manthei-Robinson, from Drew's Decision commented, “They're not alone. They're not alone and if you lost someone to suicide it’s not your fault; sometimes suicide is the result of diagnosed or un-diagnosed mental illness. It can affect anybody at any time."

Manthei-Robinson lost her son Drew to suicide; she brought a little piece of Drew with her to Saturday’s meeting.

An American dies every 12 seconds to suicide, this according to 2016 data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.