WYOMING

Working together with the Wyoming community

Wyomingites are tough, just like the lifestyle and environment in which they live. Yet the benefits of living in such a beautiful state come with challenges too, especially when it comes to suicide. Residents appreciate independence and self-reliance; some call it the cowboy culture. We are helping Wyomingites lean into their culture to help themselves when they’re in distress - and help each other, with a 50% reduction in suicides in Teton County. We have helped add one more reason for Wyoming residents to be proud of themselves. Now it is time to branch out, empowering other communities state-wide.


HELPING WYOMING

Proud of our heritage

The problem

Wyoming ranks among the top five U.S. states for suicide rates, double the national average. It is the seventh leading cause of death in Wyoming and the second for ages 10-44. Seventy-five percent of these suicides involve firearms. Low population density, severe weather, and social factors significantly impact Wyoming's high suicide rates.

Our approach

In Teton County, we have partnered with diverse sectors for three years to implement the PROSPER method, engaging U.S. Park Rangers, medical and mental health providers, school counselors, teachers and first responders. This collaboration has empowered the community to openly discuss suicide prevention strategies, incorporating feedback from attempt survivors and state officials.

Our impact

We have initiated meaningful dialogues and united community partners around core values of being a good neighbor and supporting those in distress while leading to two policy summits. These gatherings involved various community leaders and trusted partners, focusing on strategic community interventions and policy enhancements for suicide risk management.

Our results 

In Teton County, our interventions have driven down suicides by 50% over two years. Opening the right discussions about suicide has fostered more confident professionals, with 93% of our program participants gaining competence in PROSPER's key skills, and 92% feeling highly confident in these skills, significantly enhancing professional adherence to evidence-based practices.

OUR TEAM

We love what we do

Are you passionate about suicide prevention? There’s a role for everyone in this crucial mission. Learn how you can get involved, whether through volunteering, or simply spreading the word.

Events coming up

Check out what events we have going on.

Sublette County, August 6th 2024, 8:30am to 4:30pm

First Responders, Educators, and Religious Leaders

Sublette County, August 6th 2024, 6:30 to 8pm

Community event

Sweetwater County, August 7th 2024, 8:30am to 4:30pm

First Responders, Educators, and Religious Leaders

Sweetwater County, August 8th 2024, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Medical and Mental Health Clinicians, Religious Leaders, and Crisis Staff

Natrona County, August 14th 2024, 8:30am to 4:30pm

First Responders, Educators, and Religious Leaders

Natrona County, August 15th 2024, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Medical and Mental Health Clinicians, Religious Leaders, and Crisis Staff