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Wyoming’s suicide lifeline services now available 24/7

Governor Mark Gordon gives his state of the state address during the 2020 Wyoming State Legislature joint session. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On Monday, July 11, Governor Mark Gordon announced that the state’s suicide lifeline services have been expanded and improved to offer full-time, Wyoming-based coverage 24 hours a day, every day.

In a release from the governor’s office, Gordon said, “Wyoming citizens experiencing a mental health crisis and potentially suicidal thoughts, can now be confident that on the other end of the line, they’re talking to someone who – as a fellow state resident – is familiar with our state and cares about our people.”

The U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has been available via phone (1-800-273-TALK) for many years, however, calls from state residents before 2020 were answered by people outside the state.

Wyoming-based services the same year, but due to funding availability, hours were limited. , but hours were limited due to funding availability.

Full-time, all-day, every-day Wyoming-based coverage began last week after Gordon asked the Legislature to fund the service and expand its availability during the 2022 legislative session and appreciates their support for this initiative.

“We are confident that the personal connection and the ability to make localized referrals for help will be improved when Wyoming folks can speak to an understanding person in their own state,” Gordon continued in the release, “This critical and free service for those who need it is something I have emphasized for quite some time.”

Stefan Johansson, Wyoming Department of Health director, encouraged people in distress and concerned about suicidal thoughts they may be having to call the lifeline for help, and also announced that a simplified lifeline number (988) will become available across the country on July 16.

More information on community-based suicide prevention resources in Wyoming can be found online at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/prevention/wivpp/suicide-prevention/.

 If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of harming themselves, please call 911. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (which routes to a Wyoming-based representative) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “WYO” to 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line.