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August 12, 2010

Brought to you by the Wyoming Department of Health



Seven teams are now registered to participate in Wyoming’s first-ever Out of the Darkness Walk, slated for Saturday, September 11th at Grinnell Plaza in Sheridan. Wyomingites have plenty of time to sign up as an individual or as part of a team to raise funds for suicide prevention research on a local and national level. The tools available on our fundraising page make it easy. Please join us and/or encourage others to join us in this important effort!


Before- and after-walk activities planned for the day will help foster the hope and the certainty that we can prevent suicide in our communities. The lineup includes guest speaker BJ Ayers of Cheyenne, who founded Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation after she lost two of her three sons to suicide. Also on site will be suicide-prevention-related information booths, which also will provide resources for survivors of suicide loss.

A big thanks goes out to the sponsors we have on board as of this e-mail: Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, Wyoming Department of Health, Sheridan County Suicide Prevention Coalition and area businesses including Clay Pot Counseling, Sheridan Media, The Sheridan Press, Sheridan Printing, The Office Copy Shop, Warehouse Market/Killy's Deli, Java Moon, Sheridan County YMCA, Sound Connections and Dr. Strahan.

For more information, contact Walk organizer Vanessa Hastings, Suicide Prevention Chairperson for Sheridan County and Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center  at or 307-672-8958.





This e-mail was sent to you because, by virtue of your professional or personal responsibilities, you play a key role in preventing youth suicide. Disclaimer: Well Aware does not provide medical, diagnostic, or treatment advice. This eBulletin is not a subtitute for consultations with health care providers on issues related to specific conditions or situations.


Well Aware Wyoming is a comprehensive program directed at 7,000 stakeholders in youth suicide prevention in Wyoming—primarily those who set, influence or implement policy in education and other arenas affecting at-risk youths. The Wyoming Dept. of Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division, in partnership with the state Dept. of Education, brought the Well Aware program to Wyoming in 2008, with funding made possible, in part, by the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. The Well Aware program is multi-faceted and includes webinars, print policy bulletins, eBulletins, posters, bookmarks, banners, conference materials and presentations. Well Aware is a copyrighted program of the PDV Foundation, Inc. To learn more, visit the Well Aware website or contact us at 920-457-4033 or


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