National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Campbell County Health (CCH) wants to share
resources—and stories—as a way to shed light on this highly taboo and
According to the
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), each year more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide.
We’ve also learned that every other day someone in Wyoming dies from suicide, leaving the
state with the reputation of having the highest suicide rate in the nation.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse or thoughts
of suicide, Bruce Brown wants you to know that it’s OK to ask for
help. Check out the video below for his story.
The staff at CCH
Behavior Health Services (BHS) department is ready to assist patients in getting their lives back
on track, addressing addiction issues and treating any other mental health concerns.
“People feel mental illness is something you can just shake off or
that one can pull yourself up by the bootstraps,” says Jeff Rice,
BHS Director. “People don’t realize untreated mental illness
can kill you. People can save their own lives…by making a phone
call. Don’t let it get to crisis level.”
This Fall, Bruce has partnered with BHS to share his story of anxiety,
depression and substance abuse, and how he got the courage to ask for
help. Details of when Bruce plans to be speaking will be announced shortly.
In the meantime, please check out some resources below on anxiety, depression
and substance abuse. And, be sure to read
It’s OK to ask for help, and interview with BHS Director Jeff Rice, talks more about the services
provided at CCH.
Signs of Depression (download a PDF)
- loss of interest or withdrawal from activities or hobbies
- a lack of energy, fatigue or always feeling too tired to do anything
- emotional ups and downs including outbursts of anger, uncontrollable crying, or even
- small bursts of happiness
- too much sleep or too little sleep
- changes in appetite and corresponding weight gain or loss
- difficulty concentrating or making decisions
Stress vs Anxiety (download a PDF)
- Stress is a response to a specific stressor (death of a family member,
divorce, family or workplace demands, etc.), anxiety has no identifiable root.
- Anxiety manifests itself in physical problems like pain, dizziness and
- Stress is NOT a mental disorder needing medication.
- In order to be diagnosed with anxiety, symptoms must persist for a period
of six months.
- Stress goes away when the specific stressor goes away.
Substance Abuse: CAGE Questionnaire (download a PDF)
Have you ever felt that you should
Cut down on your drinking or drug use?
Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
Have you ever felt bad or
Guilty about your drinking or drug use?
Have you ever had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning (Eye opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
Answering “yes” to any of things may indicate the need for
a more extensive assessment.
Warning Signs of Suicide (download a PDF)
- Talking about suicide or death in general
- Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
- Withdrawal from friends and family
Listen to the people around you for signs of suicide—encourage them
to seek help by calling the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If someone you know is in immediate danger because
of thoughts of suicide, call 911 now. To learn about other warning signs
or potential risk factors for suicide, please visit
Campbell County Health Behavioral Health Services provides the Northeastern
Wyoming community with compassionate, confidential and comprehensive treatment
of behavioral disorders, mental illness and substance abuse treatment
following detox. Learn more by calling 307.688.5000 or visiting