Let's Talk About It



For the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, dial 9-8-8 or text "MT" to 741-741
In the event of a life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1


Call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org. The Lifeline provides free and confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. 

Suicide in Montana

  • Montana has the 3rd highest suicide rate in the United States and has been in the top 5 for highest rate every year for the past 40 years
  • Montana had more than double the national average of youth suicide (ages 11-17) between 2011-2020
  • Suicide is the number one cause of preventable death in Montana for children ages 10-14
  • There are approximately 300 suicides in Montana every year
  • According to a 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 10.2% of all Montanan students in grades 9 through 12 had made a suicide attempt

Let's Talk About It

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide can help save lives.
  1. Talk About It:
    Asking someone if they are thinking about killing themselves is not an easy question, but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts. 
     
  2. Keep Them Safe:
    Reducing a suicidal person's access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
     
  3. Be There:
    Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
     
  4. Help Them Connect:
    Save the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number (call or text 988) and the Crisis Text Line number (741741) in your phone so they're there if you need them. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
     
  5. Stay Connected:
    Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person. 

Common Mental Health Conditions

Anxiety
Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions, each having unique symptoms. However, all anxiety disorders have one thing in common: persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Fact Sheet

Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder causes dramatic shifts in a person's mood, energy and ability to think clearly. Individuals with this disorder experience extreme high and low moods, known as mania and depression. Some people can be symptom-free for many years between episodes.
Bipolar Disorder - Fact Sheet
Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens - Fact Sheet

Depression
Depression involves recurrent, severe periods of clear-cut changes in mood, thought processes and motivation lasting for a minimum of two weeks. Changes in thought processes typically include negative thoughts and hopelessness. Depression also involves affects sleep/energy, appetite or weight.
Depression - Fact Sheet

Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are characterized by the intentional changing of food consumption to the point where physical health or social behaviors are affected.
Eating Disorders - Fact Sheet

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD involves a set of physiological and psychological responses. It can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, rape, war/combat or something similar.
PTSD - Fact Sheet

Psychosis
Psychosis is when people lose some contact with reality. This might involve seeing or hearing things that other people cannot see or hear (hallucinations) and believing things that are not actually true (delusions).
Understanding Psychosis

Substance Use Disorders
Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) are treatable, chronic diseases characterized by a problematic pattern of use of a substance or substances leading to impairments in health, social function, and control over substance use.
SUDs - Additional Resources
 

Mental Health Resources

SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
samhsa.gov
AFSP: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
asfp.org
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
nami.org
APA: American Psychological Association
apa.org