Thanks to Everyone Who Made the Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention Such a Success!
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 250 people from across the state turned out for the 2014 Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention Friday at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena. The conference was such a hot ticket that organizers had to turn away people due to the limited size of the room.
Attendees included psychiatrists and other physicians, psychologists, therapists, nurses, physician assistants, advocates and everyday Montanans interested in preventing suicide. And, they all are eager to discover ways to reduce a runaway suicide rate that has plagued the state for nearly 40 years.
The timing of the conference coincided with the release this week of nationwide suicide statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based on 2011 statistics, the most current numbers available, Montana — along with Wyoming — was ranked No. 1, recording 232 suicides in 2011. The rate is twice the national rate.
So far this year, there have been at least 95 confirmed suicides in Montana.
Read the article about the Conference here.
One of the highlights of the Conference was Dr. Barbara Stanley's description of Suicide Safety Plans. We created this video to help share this proven life-saving concept. Please watch and share it!
NAMI Montana's New "Brainy Brain" Online Games
Test your mental illness knowledge today with NAMI Montana’s new online Brainy Brain Quiz Show Game. Follow this link to learn while you play about mental illness diagnoses, symptoms, treatment, research, and amazing people affected by these conditions.
This is the first of what will be a number of games to help teach about mental illness and treatment. Thanks to Century Link’s Family and Work Development Fund for sponsoring this great program!
Special thanks to Teresa Charlton who helped secure the grant and to Therese Turner, Quentin Schroeter, and Debra Hoppe who are working on coming up with questions.
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