Wyoming joins multi-state effort to raise mental health awareness in state parks

 Wyoming joins multi-state effort to raise mental health awareness in state parks

Sunset at Guernsey State Park, Wyoming. H/t Wyo. Parks.

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A statewide campaign to increase awareness of mental health and the importance of self-care in state parks this summer has begun, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office said Friday.

The campaign, a partnership between Wyoming State Parks and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center under the banner “You Matter,” tells state park users around Wyoming how they can reach for help by phone or by text if they need to, every May 27 release.

“There’s still a lot to be done, and we’re actively involved in this area, but I’m excited to see this effort continue,” Gordon said in the release.

The governor stated his intent for the partnership to promote how Wyoming state parks can be used to support the mental health and well -being of Wyoming citizens while informing them that assistance is available.

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“We are proud to be part of such a great team and we know the program will be successful in raising awareness,” said Darin Westby, director of Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.

The benefits of spending time outdoors and their positive impact on mental health have been reported to be well documented, as have the mental health benefits of exercise, per exercise.

Wyoming now joins 34 other states participating in the Governor’s Challenge on Suicide Prevention in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The partnership will seek to develop and implement statewide suicide prevention measures for service members, veterans, and their families, according to the release.

If you or someone you know is at risk of harming themselves, please call 911. If you or someone you know has experienced suicidal ideation, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800- 273-TALK (8255) or text “WYO” to 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line

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