Website, outreach effort aims to tackle Montana's high suicide rate


MISSOULA, Mont. - A new website and outreach program launched Monday in Missoula hopes to tackle Montana's high suicide rate, ranking No. 1 in the nation.

Project Tomorrow MT aims to reduce the number of suicides in our state with outreach programs in both printed materials and a new website.

The project was made possible in part by a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo.

The website features resources for those who might be contemplating suicide or those who might want to know how to help someone thinking of it.

Sometimes the biggest problem is one that is not spoken about, according to United Way CEO Susan Hay Patrick.

"We need to normalize seeking help," she said. "We are proud Montanans, with a very high percentage of veterans. One of the highest in the nation per capita. (Which) is not necessarily a culture that encourages people to seek help."

Missoula City County Health Department reports 28 completed suicide in 2016 through Oct. 31. The official numbers have not been released for November. Project Tomorrow MT hopes to make that number zero.

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