Give the gift of time this Christmas – Together we can help prevent suicide

Fremont County has the second-highest rate of suicide in the state of Wyoming.

It could be a neighbor, a friend, a family member, your child’s schoolmate…the list goes on. When a suicide happens in a small community, it affects everyone in one way or another. Let’s all band together this Holiday Season and spread the message and resources far and wide. YOU can help by sharing this post, talking to a friend, simply spreading the message that help is out there.

According to Tauna Groomsmith, CPS of the Fremont County Prevention Program, “There’s only so much the Coalition can do to prevent suicide. True prevention begins in the home, in the workplace, and with our friends and family.”

The good news is that suicide rates actually decrease during the holidays. The lower incidence of suicides is now thought to be related to family time and the support this generates. Hold your loved ones close, listen, and be aware of the warning signs. Together we can help prevent suicide.

Here are some things you can do:

Look toward the different sources of strength that can help you or your child deal with suicidal thoughts and suicide prevention.

Give the gift of time this Christmas. Spend time with friends and family, listen to and support anyone in need, and schedule a few fun, healthy activities for Christmas break. Here are a few ideas:

  • Gather the crew and go sledding, ice skating, or build a snowman. The fresh air will give you new life!
  • Have a family game night
  • Spread the spirit of Christmas through song – Go Christmas caroling!
  • Have coffee with a friend
  • Schedule Zoom calls with friends and family who can’t be here
  • Do some holiday baking
  • Volunteer in your community

Take 60 seconds to become familiar with the subtle signs of suicide.

Consider joining the Fremont County Prevention Partnership and its workgroups, including the Suicide Prevention Taskforce.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, call Fremont Counseling Service 332-4233, or 856-7489, or the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) now.

For updated Fremont County and Wyoming resources, click here.

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