Suicide is a serious problem in Wyoming and Sweetwater County continues to be one of the worst areas for suicide completion in the State. Our goal in establishing a Suicide Prevention Coalition is to improve suicide awareness and ultimately re-duce barriers to seeking help. We hope to succeed in lowering the rate of suicide in the County, and change perceptions regarding suicidality.

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Facts About Suicide
Who Is Affected?

Suicidal behavior, including both attempts and deaths, affects the entire community; people of all ages, races, social classes, genders, and sexual orientation. Suicide devastates the family and friends of the person and can lead to more suicides.

“Sweetwater County is currently

ranked in the top 10%
in the nation for
completed suicides.”


Basic Facts
  • 73% of the deaths by suicide are white males, although women make four times the attempts.
  • Most people who die by suicide also experience a mental illness or substance abuse disorder.
  • 80% of the people who died from suicide had given definite signals.
Did You Know?
  • In 2007, Wyoming was ranked 4th highest in suicide rates.
  • In 2007, 101 people committed suicide in the state of Wyoming.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among youths ages 15-24 in Wyoming (2007).
  • Wyoming is ranked 4th highest in the nation in suicide rates in the elderly ages 65 and up.
  • From 1999-2009, 115 people committed suicide in Sweetwater County.
  • Sweetwater County is currently ranked in the top 10% for completed suicides.

The key to prevention is for everyone to know the warning signs and what to do to help.
SOS Cries For Help
  • Talking about suicide
  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
  • Drastic mood or behavior changes
  • Problems eating or sleeping
  • Isolating from friends or social activities
  • Lack of interest in personal appearance
  • Lack of interest in work/school or hobbies
  • Giving away personal possessions
  • Preoccupation with death and dying
  • Increasing drug or alcohol use

Risk Factors
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family member or friend who has recently died or another recent significant loss
  • History of family violence or child abuse
  • History of mental illness
  • Financial or work/school related problems
  • Easy access to lethal means, especially guns
  • Impulsive or risk taking behavior
  • Inability to identify reasons for living
Ways You Can Help

  • Take suicide threats seriously and take immediate action
  • Be aware of signs and clues
  • Don’t keep secrets, think of it as First Aid for Mental Health
  • Be calm, not judgmental
  • Speak with care and compassion and talk directly about suicide
  • Encourage the person to share his or her feelings
  • Never leave a suicidal person alone, call 911
  • Offer to take the person to a mental health professional
  • Offer to take the person to the local emergency room
  • Contact a reliable family member or close friend
  • Follow up to make sure the person is getting help

CONNECT Training

Connect Training Developed by NAMI New Hampshire, Suicide Postvention program increases the capacity of a community or organization to respond effectively to a suicide death in order to prevent additional suicides and promote healing for survivors of suicide loss. The shock and grief of a suicide goes well beyond immediate family and friends and can ripple throughout the community affecting friends, co-workers, schools and faith communities. The Connect postvention training uses a holistic, socio-ecological model which examines suicide in the context of the individual, family, tribe, community and society. Current Sweetwater CPS/Coalition developed relationships with statewide CPS-Campbell Co. to put on the training.

Mental Health First Aid USA

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The program is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the United States and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.


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CIT Trainings To Develop Crisis Intervention Team

Our coalition plans to aid in the development of a functioning Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in our community. With the increase of suicide deaths in our county, key stakeholders feel it is beneficial to begin a crisis intervention team which is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families, and other advocates. The goal is to help persons with mental disorders and addictions access treatment rapidly.

Gun Locks

Our coalition will be promoting and distributing free gun locks to local gun shops, police departments, and to the community to decrease access to weapons for high risk individuals contemplating suicide.

HOPE Squad

HOPE Squads are a school based peer to peer program. Their curriculum teaches youth how to recognize the signs of suicide, how to ask the hard questions such as “are you thinking about suicide”, and how to refer them to a professional.

Suicide Loss Bereavement Group

Sweetwater County continuously has high rates of suicide due to our blue-collar energy community who fear reaching out for help. In addition, there are few resources for those who have lost someone to suicide. The coalition chose supporting this suicide support group as a way to educate and provide support who has lost a loved one to suicide.

Suicide Prevention Strategies.
Man Therapy

Stigma associated with mental health problems are an issue. Decreasing the stigma about these problems through targeted evidence based media provides a sense of normalcy and desire to get help. Sweetwater County Residents, especially in our energy focused industry, males often no not reach out for help. We want this media to be focused on resources and breaking stigma. In Sweetwater County, our highest rates of suicide are males aged 40-54, and 80-84, we need something to help this population of people. Man therapy is targeted towards men, and adds humor to get men talking about mental health. Man Therapy works side by side with their licensee’s to help them with implementing Man Therapy for the community and are very supportive. Man Therapy has proven to be an effective tool for men to use when they are struggling with their mental health and need somewhere to turn.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Question, Persuade, and Refer — 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR can be learned in as little as one hour through a Gatekeeper course designed for any member of the public.