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Circle of Friends helps survivors of suicide attempts

Jun 3, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Circle of Friends seeks to provide free support to those who have survived suicide attempts.

The group's founder, Duffy Glasgow, said 95 percent of people who survive a suicide attempt will walk out of a hospital or rehabilitation facility and kill themselves. Many lack a supportive family structure, a support system she hopes to provide to county residents.

"(A place) where people can lean on each other," Glasgow said.

She spoke about her own suicide attempt during a Fremont County Association of Governments meeting in March.

"I was one of only a few who had a family structure," Glasgow said.

She told the board that she had called the Fremont County Sheriff's Office in February to get statistics on suicide rates in the county. She found there had been 10 suicide attempts from people ages 14, 17 and 19, and another 10 suicide threats.

"Maybe if we have somewhere to just talk, we might see stats go down," she said.

City of Lander community resource coordinator Gary Michaud thanked Glasgow for sharing her story.

"That took a lot of courage," he said.

He said that in recent years, Fremont County has had the highest suicide rate in the state, with Wyoming also having one of the highest rates in the country.

"I think we should be able to use that to apply for grants," Michaud said.

During the meeting, FCAG members approved Glasgow's proposal of the governmental body managing the Fremont County Suicide Prevention Task Force.

According to Glasgow, the task force is funded by grants and was headed by the Fremont County Coroner's Office. With Coroner Ed McAuslin retiring, he and the group wanted to hand it over to another agency.

For more information about the support group, call 840-4202 or e-mail fccircleoffriends@gmail.com.

If someone exhibits warning signs of suicide

- Do not leave the person alone

- Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt

- Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a health professional

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