Fremont County Reacts to Suicides
Riverton, Wy – The Fremont County Suicide Prevention Team hopes to set up a suicide prevention hotline that will be professionally staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fourteen suicides were recorded in the county in 2002. They involved people ages 15 to 93.
County Coroner Ed McAuslan says nine suicides have been reported in Fremont County so far this year.
He says he hopes the Suicide Prevention Team is able to bring inspirational speaker Steven "Black Bear" Laboueff to the area soon.
Black Bear is a Blackfoot Indian from Montana who is a suicide prevention speaker. Black Bear started speaking out about suicide following a rash of suicides on the Wind River Indian Reservation in 1985.