Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in the United States, and based on 2012 statistics, Wyoming has the highest suicide rate of any state in the union.
Recognizing when someone is is crisis can often be complicated. But community prevention specialist with the Sheridan County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Thom Gabrukiewicz, says there is a free program that helps participants recognize the signs - and help that person to get help. It's called the Operation SAVE Gatekeeper Program.
He says there's the possibility that legislation will be introduced requiring teachers to be Gatekeeper trained. But the Wyoming Prevention Management Organization has its own goal.
Operation SAVE is open to anyone who wants to join the fight against suicide in Sheridan County, in the state that's been within the top five states with the highest suicide rate for years in a row.
If you're interested in the free one-hour training that could help save a life, call the Sheridan County Suicide Prevention Coalition at 307-655-8263. And if you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 - or just dial 911.