Suicide Prevention

General Info

Crisis Hotlines (Local and National) / Online Resources / Apps

  • For an emergency: dial 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch: (307) 885-5231
  • High Country Behavioral Health, Afton: (307) 885-9883 
    • (clinician is always on call after hours; listen to recording and follow prompts)
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Suicide Prevention and Ministering
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386
  • Crisis Text Line - If you are immediately concerned about yourself or a friend, reach out for help from a crisis counselor: TEXT “home”to 741741 
  • Wyoming Chapter - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://afsp.org/chapter/afsp-wyoming/

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide. Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Suicide Prevention Training

Per the Wyoming Department of Education Memorandums No. 2014-087, 2014-091, 2016-033, and starting with the 2014-15 school year, the Jason Flatt Act (JFA) requires all teachers and administrators to complete eight hours of suicide prevention training every four years, with two hours of training during the first year of employment if they haven't received prior training.

The following is a list of WDE approved suicide prevention trainings that are recommended. Staff should complete two hours of training each year. Educators need to be aware that not all of the self-study courses generate a certificate of completion. The Jason Foundation and GCN generate certificates of completion.

 

More in depth trainings (generally more than 2 hours; some examples listed below)

Resources For Educators