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State Of Despair

Veteran: 'You're taught in the military that you don't ask for help'

Veteran: 'You're taught in the military that you don't ask for help'

HELENA — Seven of the men who deployed to Iraq with Ryan Ranalli have committed suicide. The latest killed himself in August.

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Veteran: 'I just always hoped that I would be in that freak car accident'

Veteran: 'I just always hoped that I would be in that freak car accident'

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.

December 30, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Disgraced psychiatrist develops program to care for those with mental illness

Disgraced psychiatrist develops program to care for those with mental illness

HELENA — Dr. Nathan Munn was a “finger twitch” away from pulling the trigger on the .30-06 rifle he had pointed at his temple.

December 12, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Suicide survivor: 'There was really no help for me and no hope'

Suicide survivor: 'There was really no help for me and no hope'

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.

December 10, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Suicide is 2nd leading cause of death among Montana youth

Suicide is 2nd leading cause of death among Montana youth

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.

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Play designed to help youth feel comfortable discussing suicide, feelings of despair

Play designed to help youth feel comfortable discussing suicide, feelings of despair

ROSEBUD — It's an original drama production, created and performed by Miles City high school students as part of an innovative suicide prevention campaign.

December 09, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Parents of teen girl want others to learn from her suicide

Parents of teen girl want others to learn from her suicide

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.

December 09, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Let’s bust mental health myths

Gazette opinion: Let’s bust mental health myths

Stigma can be the biggest obstacle to good mental health.

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Glendive psychiatrist serves vast rural area as waiting list grows

Glendive psychiatrist serves vast rural area as waiting list grows

GLENDIVE – Dr. Bruce Swarny in Glendive may be the only full-time psychiatrist between Billings and Bismarck, N.D.

November 27, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Montana's suicide rate leads the nation

Montana's suicide rate leads the nation

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.

November 25, 2012 12:30 am Photos

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Before a suicide, A mother's lament: 'Why can't I fix this?'

Before a suicide, A mother's lament: 'Why can't I fix this?'

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.

November 25, 2012 12:25 am Photos

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