Annual Breaking the Silence Walk (PHOTOS)

People participate in the 15th annual Breaking the Silence Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Crowds gathered at Crossroads Park on Saturday afternoon for the 14th annual Breaking the Silence Walk to rase awareness for suicide prevention.

Natrona County has a high rate of suicide according to statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health.

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“Over the past three decades Wyoming has consistently had one of the highest per-capita suicide rates in the nation, currently ranking fourth with a suicide rate of 21.6 suicide deaths per a population of 100,000 people in 2014, compared to the national average of 12.93 (Wyoming Vital Statistics, 2016). Between 2011 and 2015, 705 Wyoming citizens have died by suicide (Wyoming Vital Statistics, 2016), meaning, on average, one person dies by suicide every three days in Wyoming,” according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s website.

Last year the department issued a plan to reduce the number of suicides by 20 percent by 2025. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

NCHS volunteers hand out beads during the annual Breaking the Silence Walk on Saturday afternoon at Crossroads Park in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)