988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline comes to Wyoming

988 Crisis lifeline comes to Wyoming
988 Crisis lifeline comes to Wyoming(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 12:12 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As Wyoming continues to be one of the states with the highest suicide rates in the nation.

Wyoming received a much-needed resource, in the newest national suicide prevention lifeline, on July 16th.

The 988 suicide and crisis lifeline is being led by the Wyoming Department of Health’s behavioral health division.

This confidential and free crisis hotline is now available 24/7.

This lifeline helps anyone struggling with emotional distress, addiction or mental health.

Experts say warning signs can be irritability, isolation and major life disruptions.

If loved ones express “feeling like a burden” or “worthless” or desires to " not be there anymore.”

These may be signs they may need help.

“We want to be sure that we are listening for those cues so we can ask people directly, “Are you thinking about suicide?” and if the answer is “Yes,” knowing that 988 is one of those tool in our toolbox that we can use to help people is an excellent thing to be aware of,” said Brittany Wardel, Community Prevention Project Director- CRMC.

If you or anyone you know may need help or more information on resources, you can dial 988 for help.

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