Rather than just putting people at risk for suicide on watch with a surveillance camera, the best strategy for stemming Montana’s highest-in-the-nation suicide rate may be found through what John Cutcliffe calls “warm, care-based, human-to-human contact.”
The mother of an Emigrant man who killed himself in 2011 has vowed to do whatever possible to prevent other families from experiencing the suicide of a loved one, including rallying some of the state’s leaders in health care and suicide prevention.
HELENA — A standing-room-only crowd of more than 250 people from across Montana turned out for the 2014 Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention.
The pews were filled with as many people as they could handle. Other friends and loved ones lined the walls of the small church. Even more packed the hallway, standing shoulder to shoulder to the front door of the building.
For more than 30 years, Montana health officials have hypothesized about the causes of the state’s high suicide rate, chief among them social isolation, easy access to firearms, alcohol use and abuse and the stigma associated with mental illness.
The numbers alone don’t tell the whole story, just the worst of it.
HELENA — Bryan Moreland was a fifth-grader at Miles Avenue Elementary School in Billings when his grandfather shot himself on the Rimrocks above the city.
Montana’s 5-year-old suicide prevention program and its coordinator are under scrutiny from critics who question the program's effectiveness in reducing the state’s suicide rate. They want the state Legislature to review the program.
Karl Rosston, suicide prevention coordinator for the state of Montana, talks about his personal experience with suicide that led him to his career-long fight against suicide.
There’s a romance to Montana that beguiles. Ask anyone to define the state and they’ll mention the mountains, the wide-open spaces, the stoic, hardworking cowboy culture. Like all great places, though, it comes with trade-offs.
LIVINGSTON — Park County will launch a suicide prevention website during a 6 p.m. gathering Thursday at the Best Western Yellowstone Inn.
MISSOULA — Michayla Brilz, at once funny and troubled, in love with her children and afraid of losing them, lost her battle with despair last month.
All the reasons that put young people at risk of suicide in the country at large are amplified on Indian reservations.
Montanans kill themselves at a rate twice the national average, and it's been that way for decades.
BUTTE — Karl Rosston accepted the challenge to fight suicide in Montana three years ago when he became the state’s first suicide prevention coordinator.