Thursday, November 24, 2011

LCCC's Mental Health Awareness Week helps to stem Wyoming's shocking youth suicide rate

Heartwarming holiday statistics from the Wyoming Behavioral Health Division (formerly the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division):  
  • Suicide ranks as the 2nd leading cause of death for Wyoming’s adolescents and young adults.
  • One of every six high school students reported they had attempted suicide.
  • More Wyoming teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, and other medical illnesses combined.
On the local level, Laramie County Community College Counseling and Campus Wellness Center announces that Mental Health Wellness Awareness Week runs from Nov. 28-Dec. 2.

Come by the Mental Health Awareness table in Student Lounge in the College Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Suicide Awareness & Prevention session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 3-5 p.m. in Room 179 of the College Community Center. Free, but RSVP required. The purpose of this training is to promote help seeking behaviors and reduce the stigma of seeking help. Learn to identify warning signs of suicide, risks, and protective factors. Learn skills to help yourself, a friend, family member, or another student.

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