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Face The State: Suicide Prevention

Posted: Jan 08, 2018 1:13 PM Updated:

There’s a movement happening in Montana to address our state’s continual high rate of suicide, motivate suicide prevention efforts, and provide hope.

Talking about suicide can be difficult, but in this edition of “Face the State,” MTN’s Shannon Newth continues the conversation with some of the leaders and heroes in this suicide prevention movement.

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services Suicide Prevention Coordinator Karl Rosston explained, "We have to start off by confronting the stigma, the stigma that's out there concerning depression and suicide.  A lot of people feel very uncomfortable talking about the word suicide.  There's a myth out there that people are afraid to bring it up because they might put the idea in the person's head. There's not one ounce of research to support that. On the contrary, asking someone if they're suicidal actually validates their pain, gives them an opportunity to talk, offers hope. And so, some of that is just challenging those perceptions we have out there about suicide, and depression, and to say the best thing we can do is to talk someone and ask them, are you thinking about suicide?"

Along with Rosston, Shannon speaks with Montana Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Coordinator Juliana Hallows, and Matt Kuntz of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Montana.

If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-TALK or text “MT” to 741741


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