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Articles with the Tag: suicide

September is Suicide Prevention Month

“We need to talk about suicide,” teachers said choking back tears, or letting them flow, as they interviewed recently for Montana’s Teacher of the Year award. They shared with us on the selection committee that student suicides hurt their hearts and devastate schools, and we need to bring t...

Gianforte introduces bill creating ‘National Suicide Hotline’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte recently introduced bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Congressmen Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) to create a universal telephone number as the National Suicide Hotline.  The legislation design...

Glow in the dark event raises awareness for suicide prevention Glow in the dark event raises awareness for suicide prevention

POLSON – Suicide has been a persistent problem in Montana, but one high school student is trying to change that trend, starting with her community. “I have lost so many people to suicide,” said Lexie Gauthier, a sophomore at Ronan High School and 2019 Miss Flathead Lake Teen USA.  ...

Local basketball teams battle for bragging rights Local basketball teams battle for bragging rights

ST. IGNATIUS – Last week saw a rivalry matchup in the Mission Valley called the “Battle of the Rez” on Tuesday, Jan. 8, between the Mission Bulldogs and the visiting Arlee Warriors that packed the house. On court battles continued with other schools as well.    The rivalry betw...

Walk raises suicide awareness Walk raises suicide awareness

RONAN – Tears were shed and hugs shared as more than 120 people came together at Ronan High School track and football field Friday afternoon to walk in memory and celebrate the lives of loved ones they’ve lost to suicide and promote awareness for suicide prevention.  According to event or...

YAM teaches basic mental-health hygiene to 9th graders YAM teaches basic mental-health hygiene to 9th graders

Retired Browning educator Larry Woolf spent 11 years as a teacher and 15 as a guidance counselor in public schools on the Blackfeet Reservation. He has seen, again and again, the devastating pain of teenage suicide. “Working in the schools, I’d gone to enough funerals for kids,” he said ...

Gun shops could be difference maker for suicide prevention

By now, it’s a story Ralph Demicco has told a thousand times: Over a period of six days in 2009, three people bought firearms from his gun shop in New Hampshire and shot and killed themselves in a matter of hours. When he heard the news, there was only one emotion. “I was shocked,” he...

A family grapples with the ripple effects of son’s mental illness A family grapples with the ripple effects of son’s mental illness

By Briana Wipf                   Cut Bank Pioneer Press Bobbing his head to the music, swinging his brown jaw-length hair from side to side, Jack Pierre sings dramatically along with the music, the Killers’ “Somebody Told Me,” sometimes lettin...

Youth leadership program helps kids connect to each other Youth leadership program helps kids connect to each other

ST. IGNATIUS – Youth leaders on the Flathead Indian Reservation pointed out that kids need positive connections with other kids to help prevent health problems, addiction, and even suicide.  Willie Stevens, Youth Leadership program coordinator, said that adults are listening. The program he hel...

Understanding ACEs promotes healing Understanding ACEs promotes healing

There’s a problem and we all have the solution. According to The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, “When adults have opportunities to build the core skills that are needed to be productive participants in the workforce and to provide stable, responsive environments for the...


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