State Of Despair
They return from war traumatized.
HELENA — Seven of the men who deployed to Iraq with Ryan Ranalli have committed suicide. The latest killed himself in August.
When Casey Elder enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard as a 17-year-old, she was not impressed with the organization’s nearly nonexistent suicide-awareness plan.
HELENA — Dr. Nathan Munn was a “finger twitch” away from pulling the trigger on the .30-06 rifle he had pointed at his temple.
Michael Woods nosed his 1994 Mercury Sable up to one of his favorite fishing holes along the Missouri River near Great Falls and then dialed 911.
For at least 35 years, Montana has had one of the highest suicide rates in the nation, and a disturbing number of those self-imposed death sentences have been young people.
MILES CITY — It has been more than four years since the last youth suicide in the Miles City public school system.
ROSEBUD — It's an original drama production, created and performed by Miles City high school students as part of an innovative suicide prevention campaign.
MILES CITY — It was just days before classes in Miles City schools were to begin, catapulting the 2008 school year into a frenzy of anticipation.
Stigma can be the biggest obstacle to good mental health.
GLENDIVE – Dr. Bruce Swarny in Glendive may be the only full-time psychiatrist between Billings and Bismarck, N.D.
HELENA – Matt Kuntz did not want to die. But he thought he must.
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.
SAVAGE — Failure. That is the prism through which Rick Dean Haber Jr., a 33-year-old divorced father, saw himself. It didn’t matter what he did. His self-portrait was a recurring and relentless image of failure.