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City Club Missoula Presents:

 

Preventing Suicide is Everybody's Business

featuring Karl Rosston, Montana's Suicide Prevention Coordinator, and Kristie Scheel, Missoula City-County Health Department Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Monday, September 8, 2014 11:30 - 1 p.m., Doubletree Hotel Edgewater Missoula, 100 Madison St.

Montana has always had one of the country's highest suicide rates -- it is consistently among the top five states with the highest suicide rates in the nation.  Currently, the suicide rate in Missoula County is slightly higher than rate in the rest of Montana.  And although much attention is focused on teen suicide, the highest suicide rates are among adults ages 55-64.  

There are many causal factors, including Montana's isolated and rural nature, the lack of sufficient mental-health care treatment and facilities, easy access to lethal means (64% of suicides are committed by firearm), and a stigma against seeking help for personal, family or work-related issues.  A lack of coordinated efforts to prevent suicide has also diluted the effectiveness of effective prevention strategies.

Despite these bleak facts, a strong local effort is now underway in Missoula County to make suicide prevention "everybody's business."  Spearheaded by United Way of Missoula County, the Missoula City-County Health Department, and LivingWorks, a for-profit company that provides suicide-intervention training in communities throughout the world, the new Western Montana Suicide Prevention Initiative (WMSPI) is aligning the efforts of the public, private and nonprofit sector in preventing suicide. 

Reservations for the September City Club Missoula forum can be made by accessing our website for credit card reservations at www.cityclubmissoula.org. Or pay at the door by check. Please call 406-541-2489 by noon, Friday, September 5.  Please indicate if you want lunch, $15 per person, or the no-lunch option of forum only for $5.  Please cancel if necessary by the reservation deadline.  Payment is required for late cancellations and unclaimed reservations.  We encourage you to find a substitute to claim your reservation.
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