In 2018-2020, Montana had nearly double the national rate of deaths by suicide and the Yellowstone County rate of 26 deaths per 100,000 people was slightly higher than the state average.
The Yellowstone County Community Health Needs Assessment published in January 2023 reported that nearly one-fourth (24.1%) of adults surveyed have considered suicide. When the first local health needs assessment was compiled in 2005, only 8% of those surveyed reported having considered suicide.
RiverStone Health collaborates with the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley to promote suicide awareness and prevention efforts in Yellowstone County and the surrounding areas.
The Suicide Prevention Coalition provides culturally sensitive education and public awareness. The Coalition meets at RiverStone Health from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a suicide prevention training for people to be able to recognize the warning signs of suicide and refer people at risk for suicide for help.
Just like CPR, QPR is an evidence-based emergency response to someone in crisis that can save lives.