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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.

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With volunteer help, Head Start to debut new playground Monday

With volunteer help, Head Start to debut new playground Monday

Swings and slides, once considered staples of childhood play, were extracted Thursday from the Head Start Inc., making way for a natural playground designed to stimulate creativity.

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Widow of 9 months calls attention to Montana's suicide rate

Widow of 9 months calls attention to Montana's suicide rate

On Jan. 13, Brandon Jackson left for work as usual — or so his wife thought.

September 10, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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DPHHS reports 1 confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in Montana

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has confirmed one case of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Montana involving a child younger than 10 from Yellowstone County.

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Billings Clinic medical staff, residents hone skills using patient simulators

Billings Clinic medical staff, residents hone skills using patient simulators

Simulation is growing in popularity in nursing and health care education and Billings Clinic is riding the wave, adding nearly a half million dollars in patient simulators.

September 10, 2014 6:00 am Video Photos

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St. Vincent's vascular surgeons invited to participate in worldwide clinical trial

St. Vincent's vascular surgeons invited to participate in worldwide clinical trial

St. Vincent Healthcare has been chosen as one of 30 sites in the world to participate in a pivotal clinical trial that will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new technology to treat aneurysms.

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Billings Clinic builds team of pediatric specialists keeping families close to home

Billings Clinic builds team of pediatric specialists keeping families close to home

At 22 weeks pregnant, Amanda Langve’s obstetrician recommended she get a fetal echocardiogram, an ultrasound that evaluates the baby’s heart for problems before birth.

September 07, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Montana stands to gain from VA's nationwide effort to recruit medical professionals

Montana stands to gain from VA's nationwide effort to recruit medical professionals

Newly named Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has wasted no time outlining a national recruitment effort to bring needed medical professionals into the VA, which could benefit the VA Montana Health Care System.

September 04, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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'Suicide prevention is everyone’s business,' says Out of the Darkness walk organizer

'Suicide prevention is everyone’s business,' says Out of the Darkness walk organizer

Hundreds of people, many who have lost friends and family to suicide or who know the pain of depression, will take to the streets Sept. 21.

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St. Vincent puts focus on cancer patients with $4.3 million renovation project

St. Vincent puts focus on cancer patients with $4.3 million renovation project

Suffering from colon cancer, 22-year-old Craig Canape spent at least 74 days in Room 370, a “bleak” and “tired-looking” room on the third floor of Fortin Tower at St. Vincent Healthcare.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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8 years later, baseball fans still herald presence of $13.7 million Dehler Park

8 years later, baseball fans still herald presence of $13.7 million Dehler Park

Election Day 2006 was a defining moment in Billings history as 21,710 voters said they wanted the city to replace creaky old Cobb Field, the stadium that emerged in 1948 from an $80,000 renovation to an even older baseball stadium.

August 30, 2014 12:30 am Video Photos

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Memory of murdered mother, daughters lives on in family-violence conference

Memory of murdered mother, daughters lives on in family-violence conference

Twenty five years after a Billings mother and her two daughters were murdered, efforts are underway to prevent a repeat of incident and stop family violence.

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Make-A-Wish Montana fulfills boy's dream of being a filmmaker in Hollywood

Make-A-Wish Montana fulfills boy's dream of being a filmmaker in Hollywood

With the sun-soaked iconic palm trees of Hollywood as a backdrop, a 12-year-old Billings boy fulfilled his longtime dream of spending a week at the New York Film Academy Summer Camp in Los Angeles where he made a 2-minute silent film.

August 27, 2014 6:00 am Video Photos

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Health screenings valued at more than $100 will be offered free in Billings

Health screenings valued at more than $100 will be offered free in Billings

Hundreds of people are expected to get free health screenings when the “Walgreens Way to Health Tour” bus stops in Billings Sept. 9.

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VA 'intimidates' decorated war veteran for being photographed on VA property

VA 'intimidates' decorated war veteran for being photographed on VA property

A man who helps disabled veterans with transportation to Montana’s VA facilities has been threatened with a $50 fine for appearing in a photo with a newspaper article critical of the new West End VA clinic.

August 21, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Billings Clinic poised to open new inpatient pediatric unit

Billings Clinic poised to open new inpatient pediatric unit

For the first time in more than 40 years, Billings Clinic is planning a dedicated inpatient pediatric unit to accommodate the growing demand.

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Billings Clinic expands, renovates downtown campus to tune of $42.2M

Billings Clinic expands, renovates downtown campus to tune of $42.2M

In the past 18 months, the downtown Billings Clinic campus has become the epicenter for construction in the medical corridor as $42.2 million worth of projects have either been started or finished.

August 17, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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'Families have enough stress when their child is ill': House launches $3 million campaign

'Families have enough stress when their child is ill': House launches $3 million campaign

It's an early 1900s vintage house with a leaky roof, and it can no longer accommodate its growing number of families with ill children. And that is prompting the renovation of the icon in the Billings medical corridor.

August 16, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Disabled veterans leader: 'Veterans don't want words, veterans want action — now'

Disabled veterans leader: 'Veterans don't want words, veterans want action — now'

Four months after the grand opening of the $6.3 million Majestic Lane Clinic, veterans are encountering roadblocks in getting appointments and staffing remains an issue.

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Billings Clinic nurses' union rejects proposed contract

Billings Clinic nurses' union rejects proposed contract

The union representing 575 Billings Clinic nurses is awaiting dates from Clinic officials to return to the bargaining table after the nurses Wednesday "overwhelmingly rejected" the hospital’s proposed three-year contract.

August 13, 2014 9:00 am 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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Remodeling project at VA Medical Center aimed at improving patient privacy

Remodeling project at VA Medical Center aimed at improving patient privacy

Construction is scheduled to begin Tuesday on a $10 million project at the VA Montana Medical Center at Fort Harrison that is aimed primarily at giving patients more privacy.

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Billings Clinic nurses' union recommends against contract ratification

Billings Clinic nurses' union recommends against contract ratification

As nurses at Billings Clinic prepare to vote on a new, three-year contract, it does not carry the endorsement of the nurses union.

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6 candidates interview to lead VA Montana Health Care system

A field of six candidates vying to lead Montana’s VA Health Care system is being narrowed as officials prepare to name a new director.

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Mental Health Center expands services to include adolescents for first time in 18 years

Mental Health Center expands services to include adolescents for first time in 18 years

For the first time since 1996, adolescents with mental health issues — and their families — will have access to counseling and psychiatric services through the Billings-based community mental health center.

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Grandsons motivated Grandma to shed 42 pounds

Grandsons motivated Grandma to shed 42 pounds

When Nancy Darling’s mother died in 1994, Darling quit smoking. When her sister died in November 2012, Darling vowed to lose weight and get healthy.

July 30, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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MHP gets 1st class of drug-detection dogs to fight 'growing' drug problem

MHP gets 1st class of drug-detection dogs to fight 'growing' drug problem

For the first time in the state’s history, six K-9 narcotics units are bolstering the force of the Montana Highway Patrol to guard the I-90 and I-94 corridors against drugs.

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Distraught mother: 'All they were doing was overmedicating him'

Distraught mother: 'All they were doing was overmedicating him'

A 36-year-old Iraq war veteran was being treated for traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and back injuries with more than 27 different medications when he died unexpectedly, according to his mother.

July 23, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Billings Clinic partnership with Mayo Clinic has been 'positive for patients,' physician says

Billings Clinic partnership with Mayo Clinic has been 'positive for patients,' physician says

When Billings Clinic opened its first ExpressCare Clinic in December 2013, it turned to a role model in the field. The Clinic sought the guidance of the Mayo Clinic, which got into the express-care retail clinic business at least five years earlier when it opened an express-care clinic at a …

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'I want his sons ... to grow up and have no shame in how their father died,' mother says

'I want his sons ... to grow up and have no shame in how their father died,' mother says

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.

July 18, 2014 6:30 am Video Photos

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Consider these physicians 'bookworms,' 'detectives' of medicine

Consider these physicians 'bookworms,' 'detectives' of medicine

Patients rarely, if ever, see these physicians, yet they are responsible for diagnosing everything from a benign cyst to a brain tumor.

July 16, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Hospitals pass muster on mammogram access for disabled women

Hospitals pass muster on mammogram access for disabled women

Kathie Bach, who was born with cerebral palsy, flashed a smile and a thumbs up after checking out the mammography machine in the Reger Family Center for Breast Health at Billings Clinic.

July 15, 2014 6:51 pm 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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Marine Corps League leader: 'A lot of people don't realize we're out here'

Marine Corps League leader: 'A lot of people don't realize we're out here'

They have touched a lot of lives in our community, even if most people don’t see them at work.

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Governor: 'Health care industry is crucial part of state’s economy'

Governor: 'Health care industry is crucial part of state’s economy'

Declaring it’s a “good time to be in Montana,” Gov. Steve Bullock wasted no time Wednesday in making his case to at least 250 people from Montana and Wyoming gathered for the inaugural Big Sky Business Health Care Summit.

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Coroners Association leader pledges to help, not block suicide review efforts

Coroners Association leader pledges to help, not block suicide review efforts

The president of the Montana Coroners Association said he wants the organization to be part of a statewide effort to reduce the state’s suicide rate and not be perceived as part of the problem.

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Walk, run aimed at helping Yellowstone County veterans

Walk, run aimed at helping Yellowstone County veterans

Billings serves as ground zero for a wealth of athletic events that support women’s causes, sick children, cancer and more. But there hasn’t been a run or walk dedicated to helping military veterans — until now.

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As first responders, family medicine doctors receive training in suicide prevention

As first responders, family medicine doctors receive training in suicide prevention

For the first time in the 19-year history of the Montana Family Residency Program, residents will receive formalized training in suicide prevention.

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Forgotten remains of 9 veterans to be buried with full military honors in Laurel

Forgotten remains of 9 veterans to be buried with full military honors in Laurel

For at least the third time in two years, the remains of U.S. veterans have been discovered languishing on the shelf of a Montana mortuary.

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6-year-old double amputee is ambassador for East-West Shrine Game

6-year-old double amputee is ambassador for East-West Shrine Game

For the second time in about three years, 6-year-old Addison Benson, of Laurel, will serve as ambassador of the Montana East-West Shrine Game, a major fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children-Spokane.

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Internal Medicine Residents receive ultimate symbol of doctoring — white coat

Internal Medicine Residents receive ultimate symbol of doctoring — white coat

Twelve internal medicine residents Tuesday each received the ultimate symbol of doctoring — the coveted white coat.

July 01, 2014 8:15 am Photos

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Yellowstone County Relay for Life celebrates 20 years of supporting cancer research

Yellowstone County Relay for Life celebrates 20 years of supporting cancer research

This year marks a milestone anniversary for the Yellowstone County Relay for Life.

June 30, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Suicide conference draws more interest than it can accommodate

Suicide conference draws more interest than it can accommodate

HELENA — A standing-room-only crowd of more than 250 people from across Montana turned out for the 2014 Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention.

June 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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95 suicides so far in 2014: Suicide Review Team hits roadblocks with some coroners

95 suicides so far in 2014: Suicide Review Team hits roadblocks with some coroners

HELENA — Montana’s Suicide Review Team, the first of its kind in the nation, is running into some roadblocks as it examines “gruesome” documents hoping to discover how more suicides can be prevented.

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'Running teaches kids about life,' says track coach

'Running teaches kids about life,' says track coach

LAUREL — “Alright, one to three laps,” barked an enthusiastic Amy Caldera.

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Texting while driving surfaces as latest teen risk as smoking risks tumble

Texting while driving surfaces as latest teen risk as smoking risks tumble

When it comes to risky behavior, adolescents seem to have traded cigarettes for cellphones.

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Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

For the second time in less than two years a search is underway for someone to lead the VA Montana Health Care system.

June 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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3 administrators fired at Miles City Mental Health Center

The three top administrators of the Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center in Miles City who were fired earlier this month have hired a Billings attorney to fight the terminations.

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4th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference set for Billings

4th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference set for Billings

Myriad efforts are under way throughout Montana to combat the state’s runaway suicide rate, all of which are aimed at raising awareness and equipping more people to identify those who are suicidal.

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