Wyoming had the top suicide rate in the nation last year, and numbers earlier this year from the Wyoming Department of Health indicated that could be the story this year, too. As National Suicide Prevention Week wraps up, awareness and education will continue to be promoted throughout the year. Lisa Brattain with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says recognizing and treating depression are major steps toward preventing suicides.
Brattain lost her son Kurt to suicide when he was 19, and a college freshman. She says an educational D-V-D set is available free to schools from her organization, called “More than Sad.” She says peers often notice signs of suicide before family members, and they need to know what to do. Brattain says when people withdraw from friends or start trying to give away prized possessions, it should be cause for alarm.
Wyoming and other rural states have had the highest suicide rates in the nation for several years, according to the C-D-C. Rates are calculated for deaths per 100-thousand. For 24/7 crisis counseling, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255.