Public Health & Preventing Disease

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is preventable. Yet, Montana has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation and has for 40 years. In 2013, Montana had the highest suicide death rate in the nation with 23.9 deaths per 100,000 people, compared to the national average of 13 deaths per 100,000.

Common Suicide Warning Signs

  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Giving away possessions
  • Isolation
  • Drug/alcohol use
  • Change in mood
  • Drop in school or work performance
  • Change in sleep or appetite
  • Negative comments such as, “I’d be better off dead” or “I’m a burden to everyone”

Get Help

If you or a loved one are in crisis, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255.

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.

Local suicide prevention information and education includes:

  • Out of the Darkness Walk (The third Sunday in September at Veteran’s Park)
  • National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
  • National Suicide Prevention Week (Second week in September)
  • QPR Training – the CPR of suicide prevention
  • Suicide loss support groups – these are groups run by trained facilitators. They are for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.
  • Survivor’s Packet– a resource for those who have lost a loved one to suicide
  • Join the dialogue about Suicide Prevention Coalition activities on Facebook.

For more information also visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

RiverStone Health
123 South 27th Street
Billings, Montana
Phone: 406.247.3200
Fax: 406.651.6430