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The Coffee Break Podcast: Safer Communities Montana; Ray Read and John Quintrell

We start the morning discussing Safer Communities Montana, which is working on the problem of the always too-high rate of suicide in our state. Then we close by talking to Ray Read and John Quintrell about what’s happening this Memorial Day weekend in our community, and we hear a bit about a new book written by John. 

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KTVH: MT efforts to fight suicide include reducing ‘lethal means’ access

HELENA — Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) reports that one Montanan dies every 54 hours due to gun-related suicide.

Compared to other states in the United States, that is four to eight times higher than states with enhanced firearm safety laws.

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KTVH: Firearm retailers, pharmacies and mental health advocates team up to fight suicide

HELENA — A new partnership between suicide prevention activists, local pharmacists and members of the firearm community hopes to promote safe storage of firearms to keep Lewis and Clark County families safe. This joint effort, known as Safer Communities Montana (SCM), is rolling out in Helena, East Helena, Augusta, and Lincoln.

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Program promotes safe storage of firearms: Suicide prevention activists have joined with local pharmacists and members of the firearm community to promote safe storage to keep Lewis and Clark County families safe.

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National Suicide Prevention Month Activities

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Helena has a number of opportunities for you to get involved.  Starting on September 1st and running all the way until September 28th, check out the calendar (click below to download) for great community events like BBQs, support groups, trainings, the Man Therapy kick-off party, and more!


Questions?  Contact Jess Hegstrom at jhegstrom@lccountymt.gov or 406-457-8970.

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