JACKSON, Wyo. — The Community Prevention Coalition along with Teton County Health Department is hosting a community walk for suicide prevention and awareness, Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Jackson Hole High School’s Track.

Saturday’s event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and requires no registration. There will be free food and music, along with informational booths to offer attendees access to educational materials, local mental health resources and guidance on how to support friends and family members who may be struggling.

“This community walk is an opportunity to demonstrate our collective commitment to
suicide prevention and awareness,” Teton County Health Department said in a press release. “By coming together, we can spread awareness about the resources available to those in need, reduce stigma surrounding mental health struggles and create an environment where open conversations about mental well-being are encouraged.”

September is suicide awareness month in the U.S. and Wyoming has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, according to recent reporting by Wyofile. Learn more about how Wyoming’s 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline works, here.

No dogs are allowed at the William T. McIntosh stadium’s track or fields unless it’s a service animal.

If you or someone you know is struggling right now, reach out for support. You can always call or text 988 for free and confidential support 24 hours a day seven days a week. If you are uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can chat the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988lifeline.org.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.