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4:44 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Health Department launches suicide prevention webinars

The Wyoming Department of Health is hosting a series of webinars about suicide prevention, starting in early March.

The agency’s Keith Hotel says the sessions are open to the public and are geared toward people who have little knowledge about suicide prevention.

Credit Wyoming Department of Health

“For the first time this last biennium we were able to actually able to afford to fund people out in communities to devote a significant amount of time to suicide prevention,” Hotle said. “And so these are folks with sometimes extensive experience in substance abuse and tobacco prevention, but suicide prevention, for many of them, is a new field.”

Wyoming has one of the country’s highest rates of suicide. The webinars will discuss why that is, and offer ways to recognize warning signs and get people the help they need.