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Wyoming 988 suicide hotline is performing well. But it faces a fiscal cliff.

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has helped an increasing number of people since its launch in July 2022, yet faces funding uncertainties at the upcoming budget session

CASPER – Katrina Ferrell helps people in crisis.

As program coordinator for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, she assists callers who may be feeling desperate or despondent. The lifeline provides free emotional support and resources day and night.

“I think we make a really big difference in a lot of lives,” she said.

For years, Wyoming has struggled with one of the nation’s worst suicide rates. And for years, it did so without a lifeline staffed by local folks.

That’s no longer the case. Wyoming is now home to a pair of call centers that are available 24/7.

Anecdotally, there are indication...

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