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A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis in Wyoming

The Mountain West is in the grips of a full blown mental health crisis, and Wyoming is ground zero. Stigma in isolated rural communities prevents people from seeking help, but with addiction, suicide, and PTSD devastating the state, it is time to start a conversation. This documentary series traces patient journeys, weaving expert interviews and man on the street commentary to examine solutions to Wyoming's mental health crisis. 

A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis

The Climb Out

27:59
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Rating: TV-PG

A look at the affects poverty and depression can have on single moms and their kids.

The Climb Out - S2, Pt 1

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Young people are facing unique mental health challenges in Wyoming. Often, youth mental health issues are ignored, which can result in long term consequences. This episode gives young people in Wyoming a voice as they discuss mental health specific to a new generation.

A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis

Generation Found

27:40
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Rating: TV-PG

Providing young people in WY a voice as they discuss mental health challenges.

Generation Found - S1, Pt 6

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Young people are facing unique mental health challenges in Wyoming. Often, youth mental health issues are ignored, which can result in long term consequences. This episode gives young people in Wyoming a voice as they discuss mental health specific to a new generation.

A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis

The Battle Inside: Veterans and PTSD

28:46
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Rating: TV-PG

A soldiers’ perspective of their own mental health crisis, as they overcome PTSD.

The Battle Inside: Veterans and PTSD - S1, Pt 5

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Wyoming has a long tradition of military service with nearly 10 percent of the population having served in the military. And many combatants often experience depression, PTSD, and flashbacks. This episode features the soldiers' perspective of their own mental health crisis, as they open up about their post traumatic stress.

A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis

Protecting the Protectors

26:32
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Rating: TV-PG

A look at how the stress our first responders experience affects their mental health.

Protecting the Protectors - S1, Pt 4

April 28 at 7:30pm

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Most everyone has been through a stressful event in life. When the event causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic event. Our first responders, police officers and any other ‘protectors’ often experience higher rates of depression and mental health issues resulting from PTSD. This episode tells their story.

A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis

The Lone Wolf: From Addiction to Recovery

28:18
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Rating: TV-PG

An examination of substance abuse & the journeys of several who overcame their addiction.

The Lone Wolf: From Addiction to Recovery - S1, Pt 3

Friday, November 18 at 7:30pm

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Addiction impacts people across all ages and groups, and does not discriminate. And mental health and addiction are intertwined. This episode explores substance abuse, tracing the journey of several people who overcome their addiction.

A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis

The Pickup Man

27:46
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Rating: TV-PG

A conversation around suicide loss and what can be done to prevent it.

The Pickup Man - S1, Pt 2

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Wyoming had the highest rate of suicides in the United States in 2020. How does this keep happening? This episode begins a conversation around suicide loss and what can be done to prevent it.

A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis

The Cowboy Code

28:19
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Rating: TV-PG

In the west, there's a stigma around mental health that can stop people from getting help.

The Cowboy Code - S1, Pt 1

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In the west, there is a stigma around mental health that can stop people from getting treatment. Some call it the ‘cowboy code’: that you are supposed to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, stuff it inside and move on. There are resources available and sometimes the bravest thing you can do is reach out for help.

UPCOMING EPISODES in Season 2

Through the Clouds

Why is the mountain west dubbed “The Suicide Belt?” Scientists and researchers in Utah have put forth a compelling theory: that high altitudes lead to high suicide rates.

The Caregivers

Taking care of a loved one with dementia is a huge responsibility that can lead to depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. With the caregiver population growing, how can we be sure their mental health is not overlooked?

Criminal Justice

Our jails and prisons are experiencing a mental health crisis.  But innovative work is being done in the state of Wyoming to address this epidemic.

Outdoor Therapy

In the mountain west, outdoor therapy for mental health is increasingly seen as a solution for the youth mental health crisis. A combination of navigating the terrain, wildlife, the outdoor environment, weather and all the inherent risks help build a sense of self reliance, community and togetherness.

This series is sponsored in part by: 

Jack & Carole Nunn


 

Related Content and Resources

Wyoming PBS Specials

Living Life Online: The Impact of Social Media on Youth

1:27:39
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Rating: TV-PG

A live discussion on how social media affects youth mental health.

Download this guide to see lists of national organizations and partners, as well as Wyoming mental health resources located across the state.

Wyoming Department of Health


 

WAMHSAC


 

Virtual Counseling Resources


 

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