Campbell County Coroner Tom Eekhoff said so far in 2014, his office has investigated three suicides. That number, though being higher than the desired zero, is still a significant improvement from 2013’s total of 12 at this time last year. Spring Wilkins with the Campbell County Suicide Prevention Coalition said the total number of people asking for help is also increasing in a positive direction so far.
“We’ve been running the awareness campaign in partnership with the hospital and Basin Radio Network, with support from Cloud Peak Energy, The Mattie Project and R & L Contractors for the last year. We have seen a significant increase in our calls to the lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK, and we are very hopeful that means that we have folks that are seeking that help when they are in distress.” --- Wilkins
Wilken’s is cautious however, noting that true trends need to be looked at over years and not months, but she feels the feedback information has been encouraging so far. She said in one example she heard a story from Tom Lubnau. Lubnau said he recorded an ad for the awareness campaign and later someone approached his wife and said they had been thinking about suicide until they heard the ad on the radio, and decided to get help.
“So all of that is extremely encouraging for us. Regardless of what the long term trends end up being, all of that is very encouraging.” --- Wilkins
If you or some you know needs help, please contact local law enforcement or use any of these resources.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada se dirige al centro de ayuda de nuestra red disponible más cercano.
CCMH Crisis Line