Health Promotion - Suicide Prevention Network
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline web page
A brochure for Suicide Crisis Support
- Upcoming Event
- Our goal
- Why is suicide a concern in Missoula?
- Suicide 'Means' Restriction
- Depression screening
- Find a local mental health professional
- Support for Survivors of Suicide
- Who makes up Missoula's Suicide Prevention Network?
- Upcoming events
- Prescription drug disposal
- Links and information
- Missoula Measures topics
The goal of the Missoula Suicide Prevention Network is to:
- Link community members responding to concerns related to suicide and mental health issues.
- Develop an organized, integrated approach and a common vision for suicide prevention.
- Assist and develop projects which improve Missoula's capacity to reduce our suicide rates.
Our brochure: Suicide Prevention - What You Need to Know
In 2009 (the most recent national report available, Suicidology.org), Montana had the highest rate of suicide in the US. The Rocky Mountain region consistently has the highest suicide rate. (Alaska was #2, Wyoming #3.)
Suicide death rates per 100,000 for the period 2001-2010:
MT Dept. Health & Human Services
219 Montanans died by suicide in 2009, the latest year for which statistics are currently available.
The reasons for this include:
- availability of fire arms (2/3 of suicides in Montana are committed with a gun, as compared to 1/2 nationally)
- high substance abuse rate
- social and geographic isolation
- lack of mental health services in rural areas
- lack of financial coverage for mental health services
- culture and attitudes against seeking and accepting mental health services
In 2008, there were 29 suicide deaths in Missoula County, which makes our county suicide death rate 275% higher than the national average.
- 7 of these were due to a prescription drug overdose, higher than ever before.
- The number of women was almost as high as the number of men.
- More women used more lethal means, such as guns.
21 Missoula county residents died by suicide in 2011.
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.
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
OTHER MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION
Perinatal Support of Montana - help in identifying and treating mood disorders associated with pregnancy and child birth.
(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:
- No Time to Say Goodbye - Carla Fine
- Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One - Ann Smolin & John Guinan
- Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide - Christopher Lukas & Henry Seiden
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 370-1153.
Our Suicide Prevention Network is made up of representatives from many organizations, including:
- City Police
- County Sheriff
- County Commissioners
- City Council
- St. Patrick Hospital
- Community Medical Center
- Missoula Public Schools
- Dept. of Corrections
- Mental Health Center
- Missoula Health Dept.
- Partnership Health Center
- Curry Health Services (UM)
- Forum for Youth and Children
- Missoula Veterans Center
- Suicide survivors
- Montana Chapter, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- concerned community members
- area physicians
- area churches
- mental health counselors
Contact for Missoula Suicide Prevention Network:
Kristie Scheel, Missoula City-County Health Dept., 258-3881
Reading list - Depression, Suicide, Autobiographies, Children & Adolescents, Grief After SuicideA 30-minute program on suicide prevention - from Kansas City's public television network.
- National Mental Health Screening Assessment
- Western Montana Mental Health Center: 1325 Wyoming Street Missoula MT, (406) 532-9800
- Missoula Substance Abuse Treatment: Turning Point 1325 Wyoming Street Missoula MT 59801 Phone: (406) 532-9800
- University of Montana, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Curry Health Center- check out their list of health topics, including suicide prevention and emotional health. Click on CAPS in the heading.
- Reach Out - Getting through tough times for teens.
- Mind Your Mind - Teen Mental Health Information for teens
- Preventing youth suicide - brochure
- Youth suicidal behavior - fact sheet
- Suicide behavior among gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender youth - fact sheet
- Preventing suicidal behavior in youth in foster care - fact sheet
- Preventing suicidal behavior among college and university students - fact sheet
- Webinars on talking to kids about suicide, prevention and intervention
- Youth Suicide Prevention Program - FAQ about teens and suicidal thoughts and actions.
- Search YouTube for 'Reasons to Stay'.
- Taking Your Child to a Therapist
- Support Group - Bipolar Warmline
- 2000 - 2006 Montana Suicide Rate by County - page 13 of Montana Suicide Prevention Plan
- Adolescent Mental Health
- Montana Suicide Prevention Plan
- Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
- Flathead Valley suicide prevention
- Cascade County suicide prevention task force
- Yellowstone County Suicide Prevention - RiverStone Health
- Lewis & Clark County youth mental health screening
- Directory of drug treatment centers in Montana
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- National statistics
- Warning signs
- American Association of Suicidology
- CDC - Suicide Prevention
- National Mental Health Screening Day
- QPR Institute - Question, Persuade, Refer - a method of identifying those who may be at risk for suicide. Especially designed for friends, family, community members and professionals. Free. 1 1/2 hr training provides information on ways to get appropriate help. Contact the Missoula Health Dept. to set up a training or take QPR's online class.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center - SPRC
- Mental Health and Suicide in the Workplace
- College Health Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions regarding counseling, answered by the American Counseling Association: Why should you seek counseling? What is professional counseling? Who are counselors?
- SAMHSA Mental Health Wellness Campaign
- National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- Psychiatric Times - for mental health professionals
Missoula Measures Topics - selected data, links and other information on scores of topics related to health and quality of life in Missoula, Montana.
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Domestic Violence
- Physical Activity
- Youth Substance Abuse
- Youth Sexual Activity
- Mental Health
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A brochure for Suicide Crisis Support
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