Mental Health Crisis Response in Wyoming
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or just need someone to talk to, you can consult YANAN’s list of regional hotlines. Alternatively, you can find your local hotline by consulting this list. No matter where you’re located, you can call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The State of Mental Health in Wyoming
Wyoming currently ranks 46th in the United States for mental healthcare. The Wyoming Department of Health - Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services is responsible for the reformation of their current mental healthcare system, and for providing the resources, education, and services necessary to build resilience in their communities. The Depart of Health also determines the standard of care that all Wyoming residents can expect when they seek treatment from a licensed counselor or therapist. Currently, there is growing concern surrounding the use of Title 25 practices. Title 25 opens the door for law enforcement to detain individuals against their will and subject them to mental health treatments. Treating these communities against their will is taking up space for those who are seeking help and treatment on their own. The tens of millions of taxpayer dollars that could be allocated towards communities that truly need assistance, are instead being designated towards law enforcement implementing Title 25.
The DoH is working on improving on accessibility in all phases of mental illness, from prevention, to treatment and recovery. Whether it’s through the continued use of TItle 25 or not, the DoH wants to ensure that all residents have access to the resources that promote their well-being and ability to prosper. This includes access to therapists, psychologists, and counselors throughout the state.
For assistance in navigating treatment for substance abuse, call the Drug Addiction Hotline at 307-332-2231.
If you are LGBTQ+ and you need support, contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.
The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, is open to anyone struggling with mental illness. NAMI is an inclusive and community-based resource geared towards raising awareness and supporting group members on their journey to recovery. With group counseling sessions led by a trained member with a diagnosis (past or present), meetings follow a set of 12 principles for support. NAMI meetings are meant to complement your existing treatment plan with your counselor or psychologist. There are many chapters of NAMI that meet in Wyoming, including virtual meet-ups. Find yours here.
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