Suicide persists as a major public health problem in Montana. Montana has been at or near the top in the nation for the rate of suicide for nearly four decades. In the past ten years (2005-2014), the crude rate of suicide in Montana is 22.33 per 100,000 people (the national rate during that period is 12.22 per 100,000). Between 2005 and 2014, a total of 2,199 Montana residents have died by suicide for an average of 220 people per year.
On September 19, the Montana DPHHS will be holding a community training session for suicide prevention at the Kootenai Job Service in Libby. The presentation will focus on suicide within our culture with specific attention towards Montana. The presentation covers national and Montana data, demographics of a suicidal person, warning signs, risk assessment, training on how to intervene with a suicidal person, evidenced-based practices, and resources available.
Learning objectives for this presentation will include: 1) Participants will be able to identify at least three warning signs of suicide, 2) Participants will know what QPR stands for, and 3) Participants will be able to identify at least two suicide prevention resources in the state.
Contact Heather Merritt at 406-293-6282 (ext.: 223) for more details!
Interested in hosting a similar event in your own area? Contact Karl Rosston at 406-444-3349.