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Suicide prevention leader finds kids' access to lethal means 'alarming'

Suicide prevention leader finds kids' access to lethal means 'alarming'

Firearms continue to be the primary means of suicide in Montana, constituting 66 percent of the suicides, well above the national average of 51 percent, according to a newly released state report.

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NAMI Billings offers Peer-to-Peer course

Beginning Jan. 14, NAMI Billings will offer Peer-to-Peer, a recovery-focused educational program for adults who want to maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges.

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State receives $1.95 million for Mental Health First Aid training

State receives $1.95 million for Mental Health First Aid training

The state Office of Public Instruction has received $1.9 million for Mental Health First Aid training, a program designed to increase community awareness and public safety.

October 06, 2014 10:30 am Photos

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'Mental Health First Aid' training set in Colstrip

In any given year, more than one in five American youth will experience a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, psychosis or substance abuse.

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Mental Health Center sells Avenue D office building for $800,000; Center is moving downtown

Mental Health Center sells Avenue D office building for $800,000; Center is moving downtown

Squeezed out primarily by a shortage of parking, the South Central Montana Regional Mental Health Center has sold its building on Avenue D for $800,000 and is moving downtown to be closer to the people it serves.

September 12, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Family to Family: 'We learned that we aren’t alone... that we aren’t freaks'

Family to Family: 'We learned that we aren’t alone... that we aren’t freaks'

Mary Karen Marek was angry when her younger, mentally ill brother moved out of Montana, isolated himself from family, abandoned his two children, landed in jail and became homeless.

August 13, 2014 6:15 am Photos

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Pedaling past stigma: Nonprofit aims to boost awareness of mental illness with bike ride

Pedaling past stigma: Nonprofit aims to boost awareness of mental illness with bike ride

In an effort to increase awareness of mental illness and eliminate the stigma, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Billings is raising the profile of its signature fundraising event.

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Gazette opinion: Community remedies for health care gaps

When Yellowstone County residents gathered at a public forum to discuss community health, the top unmet need identified was mental health. It was no coincidence that the second highest need, according to the group, is substance abuse.

February 17, 2014 9:44 am

Support group organizes for teens facing mental health challenges

Billings-area teens who struggle with mental illness now have a place to turn for reinforcement.

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Competency hearing delayed in Crow triple-killing

Competency hearing delayed in Crow triple-killing

A federal judge has indefinitely delayed a competency hearing for the suspect in a Montana triple-killing who has been unable to stand trial because of mental illness.

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Unprecedented fundraising campaign underway to help mentally ill kids

Unprecedented fundraising campaign underway to help mentally ill kids

One of Montana’s largest nonprofit organizations devoted to helping youth with mental illness has embarked on a five-year, $3.5 million campaign to expand services.

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'Going to jail is not the right answer for some of these individuals,' judge says

'Going to jail is not the right answer for some of these individuals,' judge says

Overwhelmed by a bad day at work, Edward Renfro swallowed 30 valium pills, washed them down with a 12-pack of Bud Light and got behind the wheel of his 1991 minivan, hell bent on killing himself.

November 23, 2013 12:15 am Video Photos

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NAMI-Billings hosts stigma-busting presentation on mental illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Billings is presenting a stigma-busting presentation about mental illness at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at St. Agnes Church in Red Lodge.

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NAMI Billings leaders infuse 10th annual bike ride with new energy, enthusiasm

NAMI Billings leaders infuse 10th annual bike ride with new energy, enthusiasm

A pair of new leaders at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Billings is determined to expand financial resources to help address its growing clientele. The 10th annual NAMI-Billings Bike Ride is their starting point.

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Gazette opinion: Let's get Montana kids best mental health care

The picnic-perfect weather this past weekend in the Billings area fits with favorite summer images: Happy, care-free kids playing outdoors, enjoying a long vacation from school.

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Community leaders gather to battle Montana's suicide epidemic

Community leaders gather to battle Montana's suicide epidemic

HELENA — Ninety percent of all people who commit suicide have a severe, often undiagnosed, mental illness.

May 10, 2013 3:27 pm Photos

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Massage therapist overcomes depression, anxiety to become successful entrepreneur

Massage therapist overcomes depression, anxiety to become successful entrepreneur

At 48, Nancy Yetley broke her back, was fired from her job at a local hospital and nosedived into an emotional tailspin.

May 08, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Legislation aims to expand access to mental-health treatment

Legislation aims to expand access to mental-health treatment

Low-income Americans would have access to expanded mental-health services under a bill being proposed by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Jon Tester, D-Mont.

April 13, 2013 10:15 pm Video Photos

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Guest opinion: Most vulnerable Montanans need access to Medicaid

The phone in our NAMI Montana office brings daily evidence from across the state of how the onset of serious mental illnesses such as clinical depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia leads families into poverty. The symptoms of these conditions are disa…

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Lawmaker on state's suicide stats: 'What we're doing isn't good enough obviously'

Lawmaker on state's suicide stats: 'What we're doing isn't good enough obviously'

Montana’s suicide epidemic is getting some attention in the state Capitol, with at least two bills aimed at better understanding the complex issue and helping suicidal children.

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