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CCH, CCSPC offers community mental health resources

GILLETTE, WY – Campbell County Health (CCH), in partnership with the Campbell County Suicide Prevention Coalition (CCSPC) of the Campbell County Prevention Council (CCPC), wants to provide residents affected by the recent Blackjewel Mining LLC closures at Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte Mines some information on who to call for counseling or mental health services.

“We understand this is a very difficult time for the people affected by these events,” said Mark Walter, MD, CCH Behavioral Health Services at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyoming. “I encourage people to use the resources that are available, and know that the mental health community is ready to help.”

The CCSPC has provided a comprehensive list of mental health service providers to the Wyoming Department of Family Services and the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. This list is also available at https://campbellcountyprevention.org/counseling-services/ and at www.cchwyo.org/preventsuicide. If you are a provider who is not listed, please contact Ashley Whisler, Community Prevention Specialist for Campbell County, at 307-687-6490 or adw50@ccgov.net.

CCH and the CCSPC want everyone in our community to watch for signs of depression in any loved ones, friends or neighbors who may have recently lost their jobs. Signs of depression include:

  • feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, worthlessness, self-hate, or guilt
  • loss of interest or withdrawal from activities or hobbies such as sports, hobbies, or going out with friends and family
  • a lack of energy, fatigue or always feeling too tired to do anything
  • irritability or misplaced anger
  • an increase in risky behavior, drinking alcohol, or substance abuse
  • a lack of interest in having sex
  • emotional ups and downs including outbursts of anger, uncontrollable crying, or even small bursts of happiness
  • changes in appetite and corresponding weight gain or loss
  • difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)

For more information on the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, please visit www.cchwyo.org/preventsuicide.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger because of thoughts of suicide call 911 NOW. If you need someone to talk with about your suicidal feelings, please do not hesitate to talk to someone who can help at the numbers below:

Click here for the prevention flyer.