Wyoming LifeLine’s goal is to provide critically needed suicide prevention services in the Big Horn Basin and surrounding area with a specific focus on the needs of the LGBTQ+ and Native American communities.
Wyoming’s per capita rate of suicide is consistently ranked as one of the top 2 states in the nation, vying with Montana for first place in a contest that no state should win. The cowboy mentality which stresses self sufficiency often leads people in crisis to “hunker down” and not reach out for help. The strict moral code that accompanies this cowboy attitude increases suicidal ideation among members of the LGBTQ+ community because of the increase in feelings of isolation.
Wyoming has a single reservation which is shared by the Arapahoe and Shoshone tribes. Support services are at hard to find.