Let's Talk Billings
Two original Billings theater productions have become the centerpiece of “Let’s Talk Billings,” a suicide prevention campaign that uses media and arts workshops to reach teenagers.
“Under the Blanket,” an original theater production created and performed by Montana State University Billings students, explores suicide, depression and mental illness among youth and young adults.
Joanna Hoch, right, receives a hug and a certificate from Sarah Keller, with the Montana State University Billings Department of Communications and Theater, during a ceremony to honor students involved in the Let's Talk Billings suicide awareness program.
Three original theater productions created and performed by Billings high school students will premiere at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m on Jan. 24 as part of an innovative suicide-prevention campaign.
Like so many people in Montana, 18-year-old Sarah Mosdal has known someone who committed suicide. Her brush with the tragedy came at an early age. Mosdal said when she was in middle school in Miles City, a girl on her basketball team killed herself.
If Montana is ever going to reduce the number of people killing themselves, the issue of suicide needs to receive more than lip service. Hand-wringing isn’t going to cut it, either.
Dr. Tayeb Al-Hafez from the Miles City-based Global Health Equity Foundation discusses the importance of the suicide-prevention project for youth. Al-Hafez spoke during a kickoff meeting of the “Let’s Talk Billings” advisory board meeting in on June 10.
Casey Elder from the Billings chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness speaks during an advisory board kickoff meeting on June 10 for the “Let’s Talk Billings” campaign, a youth-suicide prevention project.