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Suicide rate in Montana Leads the Nation, Blaine County heavily affected


September 11, 2019

Walkers begin the eight mile trek back to Turner after attending service at the Catholic Church. People from all over gathered for the 5th Annual Tristan Billmayer Suicide Awareness Walk. Blaine County has dealt with an unusually large number of suicides this year as well as many additional attempted suicides. Raising awareness is critical to slowing sown the number of attempts and help individuals get the help and support they need.

Montana has been near the top of the list of states with the highest suicide rates in the Nation, but an increase of 38% from 1999-2016 has moved the state to the top of the list.

According to the Center for Disease Control, Montana had a suicide rate of 25.9/100,000 in 2016, nearly double the National average of 13.5/100,000. Blaine County in 2019 has had to deal with several suicides, mainly amongst our youth.

Rural American has a 45% higher risk of suicide than the National Average and Blaine County is rural America. Hays/Lodge Pole has been greatly affected as well as Chinook, Harlem an...

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