Suicide Prevention and a community-wide approach

Should Suicide Prevention focus mainly on treating mental illness and be limited to mental health professionals, or should it be a responsibility shared by the whole community?

Suicide care and mental illness treatment are needed when mental health concerns are present.  Research and experience in helping relationships show that personal experiences of suicide thoughts often include themes of pain, loss, abuse, trauma, buying, guilt, and grief among many other factors and that these may be present with or without an associated mental illness.  

Anyone can play a role in hearing personal stories that feature these themes, talking with people to keep them safe, and connecting them to further help.  This includes family members, friends, and informal caregivers working alongside those with designated professional helping roles like doctors, counselors, or clergy.  Increasing the number of community members that are ready, willing, and able to help a person at risk improves the likelihood that people with thoughts of suicide are identified early and connected with the help they need.

JAMES BUTZ, A RETIRED CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AND A VETERAN PEER MENTOR, STATED, "Suicide in our communities is a critical issue, a silent killer, claiming lives every day. Community involvement in suicide prevention and education is vital in our State's efforts to stop this silent killer. I encourage everyone to get involved." 

The community as a whole must collectively work to save lives.  The Suicide Prevention Alliance of Park County and the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming would like to thank the following local governing bodies for declaring the month of September as Suicide Prevention month: Cody City Council; Park County Commissioners; Powell City Council; and Meeteetse Town Council. 

If you are interested in getting involved in Suicide Prevention efforts in Park County, contact the PMO office at 307-578-7029.  Be Kind.  Lend Help.  Inspire Hope.  Save Lives.  Let’s change the way we think about mental illness.  In a Crisis:  Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)