Whenever I see a story on social media claiming to know something about each state I know they won't get it right.

These people are writing about states they have never been to.

So when I saw a headline that read This Is The One Thing That's The Worst In Each U.S. State, I first thought 'Wow, what a horribly written headline.'

My second thought? 'I'm sure the writer of this article has never been to Wyoming. Odds are they have NO idea what they are talking about.'

Let's find out.

Wyoming grapples with a deeply concerning issue as it bears the unfortunate distinction of having the highest suicide rate in the United States, standing at a staggering 23.2 suicides per 100,000 residents.

This alarming statistic underscores the pressing mental health challenges within the state. Interestingly, New Jersey, in stark contrast, boasts the highest “will to live,” with a suicide rate nearly three times lower than Wyoming’s.



It’s important to note that Wyoming’s status as the least populous state contributes to this grim statistic, as the impact of each individual suicide is amplified in the smaller population.

Addressing this crisis requires efforts to improve mental health support, increase awareness, and reduce stigma, ensuring that every individual in Wyoming has access to the help and resources they need during their darkest moments.

WAIT- hold on!

They might have actually gotten this one right.

This is, perhaps, our biggest problem in Wyoming and we really have not had any luck in dealing with it.

I am glad that they pointed this part out "It’s important to note that Wyoming’s status as the least populous state contributes to this grim statistic."

This problem has nothing to do with Wyoming as a state. This is a wonderful place to live. New Jersey, on the other hand, is not the greatest place to live.

Something else is going on here and we have yet to figure it out.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of harming themselves, please call 911.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or text “WYO” to 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line.

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