Public Health: New service launched, changes made to health program

Lewis and Clark Public Health’s Suicide Prevention and Behavioral Health Programs would like to let community members know about one new service and changes to another program.

Montana 988

The Montana 988 Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline is now up and running in Lewis and Clark County. There is tremendous need, given:

• Montana is ranked third in the nation for highest rate of suicide, based on 2020 data. It has remained in the top five for the last four decades.

• Lewis and Clark County averages about 20 suicides annually.

• In 2020, the U.S. had one death by suicide every 11 minutes.

• For people ages 10–34, suicide is a leading cause of death.

• Over 100 calls per month to 911 are Behavioral Health coded.

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• Mobile Crisis Response Team responded to 402 Behavioral Health Crisis calls on scene in FY22

Behind each of these data points, there are people, families and communities who have been impacted. Yet, in the face of these urgent realities, there is hope.

On July 16, the Lifeline’s new phone number, 988, debuted in Montana and across the county.

Community members should use 988 if they are

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