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Missoula City-County Health Department: Health Promotion

Missoula City-County Health Department: Health Promotion

Health Promotion - Suicide Prevention Network

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline web page

A brochure for Suicide Crisis Support

Western Montana Mental Health Center
Psychiatric Crisis Line

Staffed 24/7

Upcoming Events

Western Montana Suicide Prevention Initiative is sponsoring training events in March and April, 2015

saftTALK - Suicide Alertness for Everyone

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Registration information, dates and locations for either training


11th Annual Grief Institute
 Tamarack Grief Resource Center
Tamarack Grief Resource Center Logo

Featured speaker - Dr. John Sommers-Flanagan, Associate Professor at the University of Montana Department of Counselor Education. He works with children, parents, and families, and has expertise in adolescent therapy and parent education. He is author of over 40 professional publications, including seven books.

Wed. April 15, 4:30pm-6pm - Community Workshop: Suicide Prevention for Family, Friends & Colleagues
Presenter: Kristie Scheel, MCCHD Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Free and open to the public.

Thur. April 16, 9:00-4:30 - Professional Seminar I: Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Coping
Presenter: John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD

Fri. April 17, 9:00-4:30 - Professional Seminar II: How Shall We Then Grieve? Emotional, Behavioral, Cultural Dimensions of Grief
Presenter: John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD

Held at St. Patrick Hospital Broadway Building, Missoula   
Conference rooms on main floor

For more info: Tamarack Grief Resource Center - 406-541-8472
Registration Information

Tamarack's Web Site


Our goal

The goal of the Missoula Suicide Prevention Network is to:

  1. Link community members responding to concerns related to suicide and mental health issues.
  2. Develop an organized, integrated approach and a common vision for suicide prevention.
  3. Assist and develop projects which improve Missoula's capacity to reduce our suicide rates.

Right-facing arrow pointing to a heading. Our brochure: Suicide Prevention - What You Need to Know

Why is suicide a concern in Missoula?

Suicide death rates per 100,000 in 2013:

US 13.0
Montana 23.9
Missoula County 31.5

MT Dept. Health & Human Services

The reasons for this include:

In 2008, there were 29 suicide deaths in Missoula County, which makes our county suicide death rate 275% higher than the national average.

35 Missoula county residents died by suicide in 2013.

Montana Suicide Prevention Plan - 2015:
         Fact Sheets - pages 2-4
         Suicide rate by county - page 7
         Goals - pages 8-11


Missoula Measures - Suicide


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   Suicide 'Means' Restriction

If a suicidal person does not have easy access to their chosen method for suicide, their life can often be saved.

Prescription drug abuse and suicide:

U.S. emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts by young adult males rose 55 percent between 2005 and 2009.

ER visits for drug-related suicide attempts involving antidepressants among young adult males in those four years jumped 155 percent, and cases involving anti-anxiety and insomnia medications rose 93 percent.

Emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts involving narcotic pain relievers nearly doubled among men aged 35 to 49, and almost tripled among men aged 50 and older.

These findings are based on data from the 2005-09 Drug Abuse Warning Network reports.

Drugwatch - information on prescription drug side-effects and probability for addiction and abuse.

Keep track of your prescription medications.

Prescription drug concerns.


Guns and suicide:

Preventing easy access to fire arms can help reduce suicides, especially impulsive ones.  For everyone's safety, it is recommended that you keep guns unloaded when not ready for use, store them in a safe, or install a gun lock, and keep the ammunition in a separate place. 

Guns and Suicide - Harvard Public Health

Firearms Responsibility in the Home - National Shooting Sports Foundation

Kids and Guns - Common Sense About Kids and Guns

Lok-It-Up - a campaign to promote safe firearm storage  - Washington state


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National Mental Health Screening Assessment

Depression screening

Access the screening tool/test

Click here to Find a mental health provider in Missoula



Famous Faces of Depression poster

Perinatal Support of Montana - help in identifying and treating mood disorders associated with pregnancy and child birth.



Support for Survivors of Suicide

(A survivor is someone who has lost a close friend or family member to a suicide death.)

Books that might be helpful to suicide survivors:

List of books for suicide survivors - from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

More reading from SAVE - Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

AFSP - National and State suicide information

SUPPORT GROUP FOR SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE - for information, contact Rusty at: or 370-1153.  

Workplace - Managing Post-Suicide Response

Worksite Wellness


Who makes up Missoula's Suicide Prevention Network?

Our Suicide Prevention Network is made up of representatives from many organizations, including:

Contact for Missoula Suicide Prevention Network:

       Kristie Scheel, Missoula City-County Health Dept., 258-3881



Links and information


Find a mental health counselor in Missoula

Helping a suicidal person

Reading list - Depression, Suicide, Autobiographies, Children & Adolescents, Grief After Suicide

A 30-minute program on suicide prevention - from Kansas City's public television network.

Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide Prevention






Missoula Measures Topics

Selected data, links and other information on scores of topics related to health and quality of life in Missoula County, Montana.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A brochure for Suicide Crisis Support

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