CASPER, Wyo. — Suicide prevention resources and an open invitation to conversation will be in place at a J.R.’s Hunt for Life pop-up event Saturday, September 25 in downtown Casper.
The event will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the corner of South Wolcott and East Second Streets, outside the Atrium Plaza, Jenny Hunter told Oil City News.
Hunter, who lost her son to suicide in 2015, said she has deployed the stand at multiple locations in Casper and Thermopolis this summer, often choosing the time and place guided by intuition.
“Hope is the enemy of suicide,” Hunter said, and she’s determined to offer hope as nimbly and spontaneously as possible. She said previous deployments have drawn in a variety of people and opened up some friendly, poignant, and needed conversations about suicide.
There will be information on the latest statistics regarding suicide, agencies and resources that can offer help, and schedules for QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainings that Hunter regularly hosts. QPR training is the prescribed standard training for identifying and responding to mental health crises, and is used by the Natrona County Suicide Task Force and school districts across the nation.
There has been about one suicide every ten days in Natrona County in 2021, according to the Natrona County Suicide Task Force.