Historically, Montana has had one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation. Voices of Hope is working to reduce the number of suicide attempts and completions in our community.
If you are feeling suicidal or have a loved one who is in a suicidal crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK and one of our trained crisis intervention specialists will help you.
Local ( Great Falls ): 406.453.HELP (4357)
Toll-Free ( Montana ): 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
24-hours a day, 7-days a week, Voices of Hope provides a place for persons in crisis to call. We are part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and are accredited by the American Association of Suicidology.
ASIST: ASIST Training
Cascade County Suicide Prevention Task Force - Local Area Council:
Suicide in Montana:
Myth : If someone has decided to commit suicide, there is nothing you can do to stop them.
Fact : The majority of suicides can be stopped. Even the most seriouslydepressed person intent upon suicide is probably torn between wanting to live and wanting to die.
Myth : A person who was once suicidal is suicidal forever.
Fact : Most people who want to commit suicide are only suicidal for a limited amount of time. Many can go on to lead normal lives once the crisis is worked through.
Myth : If a person attempts suicide but survives, they probably won't attempt it again.
Fact : 4 of 5 people who succeed in completing suicide had made at least one previous attempt.
Myth : The most common method of suicide is drug over dose.
Fact : The leading cause of death among suicide victims is gunshot wounds. Those who take drugs are often less successful.
Myth : Rich people commit suicide more often than poor people.
Fact : Suicide is evenly distributed among economic classes.
Myth : People who talk about suicide are just trying to get attention; people who really commit suicide don't talk about it first.
Fact : 8 of 10 people who commit suicide give warning signs to their intentions; the other two usually give some kind of verbal clues. Almost no one commits suicide without first letting someone else know. Talking about suicide is a cry for help.
Myth : Suicide happens without warning.
Fact : 95% of all suicide victims have given warning signs and clues to their intention. They may not always be verbal, but they are there.
Myth : People who commit suicide always leave notes.
Fact : Only a small percentage of those who commit suicide leave notes explaining why or telling that they intentionally took their own life.
Myth : People who commit suicide are psychotic or mentally ill.
Fact : Many suicidal people are just severely depressed, and can't figure out a solution to their problem. A “normal” person is not beyond self-destruction.
|COMMON WARNING SIGNS||DO...||DO NOT....|
Giving away favorite possessions.
A marked or noticeable change in an individual's behavior.
Previous suicide attempts and statements revealing a desire to die.
Depression (crying, insomnia, inability to think or function, excessive sleep or appetite loss).
Verbal behavior that is ambiguous or indirect: “I'm going away on a really long trip”; “You won't have to worry about me anymore”; “I want to go to sleep and never wake up”.
Purchase of gun or pills.
Alcohol or drug abuse.
Sudden happiness after a long depression.
Obsession about death and talk about suicide.
Decline in performance of work, school or other activities.
Deteriorating physical appearance, or reckless actions.
Take suicide threats seriously.
Be direct, open and honest in communications.
Listen —allow the individual to express their feelings and express your concerns in a nonjudgmental way.
Say things like: “I'm here for you.”, “Let's talk.”, “I'm here to help.”
Ask , “Are you having suicidal thoughts?” A detailed plan indicates greater risk.
Take action sooner than later.
Get them connected with professional help.
Dispose of pills, drugs and guns!
Do not worry about being disloyal to the individual; contact a reliable family member, close friend of the person, or a trustworthy person.
Find out what trainings, classes, or crisis help lines are available in your area...In Montana, you can call 1-800-SUICIDE to find out more about resources in your area.
Leave the person alone if you feel the risk to their safety is immediate.
Treat the threat lightly even if the person begins to joke about it.
Act shocked or condemn. There may not be another cry for help!
Point out to them how much better off they are than others. This increases feelings of guilt and worthlessness.
Swear yourself to secrecy.
Offer simple solutions.
Suggest drugs or alcohol as a solution.
Judge the person.
Try and counsel the person yourself—GET PROFESSIONAL HELP!
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