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On PBS: Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business

*(Casper, Wyo.)* - The American Association of Suicidology ranked Wyoming fourth in the nation for suicides in 2014. The state has been in the top five for decades. In Natrona County, suicides have increased from 17 in 2013 to 30 in 2015, according to data from the coroner’s office. *At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 8th, PBS’s Wyoming Chronicle will discuss the state’s longstanding problem with suicide and what efforts are being made to reverse that trend. * The Wyoming Chronicle episode includes a panel discussion of state leaders in the study and prevention of suicide: Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, director of statewide suicide prevention for Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming; Carolyn Pepper, University of Wyoming psychology professor; and State Senator and Reverend Bernadine Craft, chair of the statewide Episcopal Suicide Prevention Connection. Wyoming PBS reporter Craig Blumenshine said he wanted to have a conversation about suicide in the hopes that perhaps it could make a difference. No one should be afraid to ask for help, he said, and no one should fear bringing up the topic with someone else who may need help. Visit www.wyomingpbs.com to find your local PBS station. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Hotline, available 24-hours a day, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. For more information about suicide prevention in Natrona County, please call the local office of Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming at 472-5991 or send us a message on Facebook at PMO Natrona County or the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force . #news #oilcity #sponsored