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Western Montana’s major suicide prevention collaborative re-launched under a new name today.
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Western Montana’s major suicide prevention collaborative re-launched under a new name today.

Project Tomorrow Montana is the successor of the Western Montana Suicide Prevention Initiative which was founded in 2014. It operates under the auspices of United Way. The group of nonprofits, businesses, educational and public-sector leaders wanted to reduce Montana’s high suicide rate.

Two years later, it’s still high — double the national average — and shows little sign of subsiding.

Ida Follette(r) and her husband Darrell Follette speaking about the suicide of their daughter Chelle Rose Follette, aged 13, at their home. Taken Feb. 2011, Poplar, MT on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Mike Albans

Montana’s suicide rate is nearly double the national average. In the last two years, more than 550 Montanans killed themselves. Twenty-seven of them were adolescents.

  The suicide rate in Montana is nearly twice the national average, and for years, has ranked among the highest in the U.S.

As part of the University of Montana’s Brain Initiative, internationally recognized psychiatrist and researcher Dr. John Rush will speak in Missoula on Wednesday. He’ll deliver a public lecture on why effective treatment for suicidality and depression is still elusive for so many.

Sen. Kristin Hansen (R) SD-14.
Montana Legislature

State lawmakers are criticizing the state health department’s plan for how to address the high suicide rate among Montana’s young Native Americans.

Western Montana’s major suicide prevention collaborative re-launched under a new name today.
File Photo (PD)

Livingston is still trying to come to grips with a cluster of suicides that claimed four lives almost a month ago. Experts there say different people are dealing with the crisis in different ways.

Western Montana’s major suicide prevention collaborative re-launched under a new name today.
File Photo (PD)

Livingston residents are meeting this evening to discuss two recent student suicides at Park High School. 17-year-old Deon Gillen took his own life February 14. Another student suicide was reported less than a week later.

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Chief of Law Enforcement Tim Barkell at Tuesday's press conference in Anaconda, MT.
Steve Jess

This week, people in the community of Deer Lodge, population 3,000, are trying to come to grips with a great crime, and a great loss. 

Chief Tim Barkell with the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Police says they got a call Sunday morning from a man described only as an “acquaintance” of Michael Augustine Bournes, saying that Bournes had  just killed his wife and three children, and planned to take his own life.

Wednesday at the state capitol Girl Scouts from across Montana gathered to honor some of their own.

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A new study says that the youth suicide rate in rural America is growing, compared to the number of youth suicides in cities.

Ryan White wrote about the study for the website Reporting on Health.  He is a contributing editor at the website. White talked to MTPR News Director Eric Whitney about a new study in JAMA Pediatrics that shows youth suicide rates are twice as high in rural counties as in cities.

 

Senator John Walsh used his last speech on the Senate floor this morning to talk about money in politics, protecting Montana public lands and veteran suicides.

In August, Walsh dropped out of his Senate reelection bid amid a plagiarism scandal.

Walsh said 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

"If this country were losing 22 service members a day on the battlefield, Americans would be in the streets protesting."

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed a bill to reduce vet suicides, it’s now before the Senate.

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