Wyoming Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention

 

The Public Health Division places priority on working with individuals, communities, and other organizations on prevention activities based in current outcomes research. We support a variety of activities and policy changes with a goal of educating young people and adults and encouraging them to make healthy choices about their use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

All people live within a larger environment that includes the influences of their own genetic and individual characteristics, and the influences of family, co-workers, fellow students, teachers, bosses, neighbors, friends, churches, clubs, agencies, services, stress levels, politicians, cultural traditions, institutions and economic systems, social and environmental policies. 

Mental illness, suicide, and substance abuse arise out of single effects or of combinations of these influences and are the subjects of various prevention activities. Some influences are more direct, such as genetics or family, and some influences are more indirect, such as economic systems and social policies.

Recent trends that influence the models and choices we make in prevention are 1) a focus on evidence-based prevention activities, those based on solid theory validated by research, and those interventions supported by a body of knowledge and expert consensus, and 2) the necessity of outcome goals and measurements.

   


Community prevention activities around the state, supported by Wyoming Department of Health funding, are largely carried out by the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming (PMO). The PMO published a report highlighting the organization's first sixteen months of prevention efforts in Wyoming.

Please click here to learn more about the PMO and their community-based contacts.