For the past several years, Wyoming has consistently ranked in the top five states for the most suicides per capita. In fact, in 2012, the state of Wyoming had the nation’s highest suicide rate. The 2012 high-profile suicide of former Casper, WY mayor and state representative Larry Clapp, along with a murder-suicide in the fall of 2012 at Casper College, have highlighted the issue even further.
Health and community leaders in Wyoming are working to find solutions to this preventable health issue. Many Wyoming residents may wonder why someone would choose suicide as a solution to their problems.
Who Is at Risk?
For those who are left in the wake of a loved one’s suicide, it is probably a shocking event and may seem to have come out of nowhere. But how do you know if someone you love in Casper is contemplating suicide? There are often underlying mental health issues that lead someone to suicide. Certain risk factors are commonly found in persons with suicidal tendencies:
- Is there existing depression, a mental disorder or a substance abuse disorder (or some combination of the three)?
- Have there been previous suicide attempts?
- Does their family have a history of mental illness and/or suicide?
- Is there personal history of physical or sexual abuse in their past?
- Are there firearms in the home?
- Has the person served time in prison or jail?
Suicide Is preventable
No matter how serious your problems are or how bad life may seem, suicide is not a solution but a preventable problem. If you are, or someone you know is, having suicidal thoughts, please call the number listed above to connect with the mental health care you need.