Open lines of communication

Laramie Union Wireless Store Hanni Scott, center, and Bob Leonard, Albany County Suicide Prevention Taks Force and Kiwanis Youth Club coordinator, present two new cellphones, worth about $2,000 and donated by Union Wireless, to Tina Mansfield, of Ivinson Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Services. The phones are upgrades to the current ones used on the Laramie Talk and Text Suicide Prevention Hotline, 307-977-7777. Union Wireless donated the original hotline phones in May 2015. Kiwanis of Laramie pays for the phone line costs for the hotline, and psychiatric technicians from Behavior Health Services respond to calls and texts. The hotline has been in service since May 27, 2015, and has had more than 190 talk or text interactions since it began service. It continues to average about 15 contacts per month and is making a significant contribution to suicide prevention in Laramie, Albany County and other locations in the state.

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