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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 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 - Pt. 1

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.

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 - Pt. 2

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.

UPCOMING EPISODES

From Addiction to Recovery - Nov. 18, 2022

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.

Protecting Our Protectors -             TBD

Wyoming has one of the highest rates of enlistment in the world. Our veterans, first responders, police officers and any other ‘protector’ often experience higher rates of depression and mental health issues resulting from PTSD. This episode tells their story.

Generation Found -                  TBD

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 Rural Perspective -                TBD

This episode explores the rural perspective of the mental health crisis. From mining towns to ranching communities, there is a mental health crisis in Wyoming. Mental Health and isolation are directly related, as the lockdowns during Covid 19 showed.

A State of Mind: Confronting Our Mental Health  Crisisis brought to you in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, a grant from the Hughes Charitable Foundation, and by Jack and Carole Nunn


 

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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


 

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