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Tue January 21, 2014
Team researching Montana's high suicide rate
As we've reported this week, the state's recently-appointed Suicide Review Team has pledged to review every suicide that occurs in Montana this year to try to determine the reason and recommend ways to reduce the state's suicide rate, which is nearly twice the national average.
The team, appointed in November by Gov. Steve Bullock, includes a pastor, psychologist, psychiatrist, sheriff, a schools official and a social worker along with Karl Rosston, the state's suicide prevention coordinator for the past six years.
In this evening's feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Rosston explains he has intimate and tragic first-hand knowledge of suicide's impact: