Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson will officially recognize September as National Suicide Prevention Month, urging residents to educate themselves and support those at risk.
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. with over 48,000 fatalities annually. Wyoming’s figures are particularly concerning, recording a rate in 2020 that was double the national average. For those aged 10 to 44 in Wyoming, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death.
Key signs include feelings of being a burden, shifts in sleep patterns, and increased substance use. Local organizations, such as the Wyoming Alliance for Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling Center in Jackson, are actively engaged in preventive measures.
Mayor Levinson’s declaration encourages all Jackson residents to be proactive in combating this pressing issue.