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Montana Has Most Suicides

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Montana has more suicides per capita than anywhere else in the country.

The suicide rate in Montana is more than twice the national average, and middle and high school age kids are at the biggest risk.

Suicide is the number two cause of death for Montanans ages 10 through 34.

More than 10% of all middle school students in Montana have attempted suicide in the past year.

Warning signs of depression in teens include irritability, failing grades, loss of interest, and changes in eating and sleeping habits.

Bill Wheeler from the Jacob Wheeler Foundation gives advice to parents, “Be willing to talk with your kids at a young age about their feelings and about depression and about the fact that depression is very treatable. It’s no different than cancer, diabetes, or anything else. It’s a disease that’s treatable.”

It’s important to make sure your kids are informed about depression and suicide and that they feel comfortable discussing their feelings with an adult they trust.

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