I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. Today at the MCAN meeting we offered a Suicide Prevention QPR Presentation which many of your attended. I promised to send out some resources, please see the attached documents and links below to learn more. As we discussed, there are several factors that lead to completed suicides in Montana, we know that restricting access to fatal means is vital to keeping our youth safe from an often-impulsive act. Remember Means Matters: Responsibly store your firearms unloaded, locked and out of reach and sight of kids and youth with ammunition locked and stored separately. Also, lock up your medication and consider keeping Narcan on hand, so you have it available for opioid overdoses (works for kids and dogs). Montana pharmacies have an open prescription, so if you have opioids in your home (or grandparents’ home) make sure you also have Narcan.
Grief After Suicide—see attached pdf.
Tamarack Grief Resource Center Montana’s most comprehensive grief center in Missoula, Kalispell, and Browning. They also offer online resources.
National Alliance for Children’s Grief: GriefTalk Schools Resource Guides
Supporting a Friend who is Grieving: 8th to 12 Grade
Youth Suicide Resources:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Teens and suicide: What parents should know
Crisis Textline: Text MT to 741 741
Trevor Project for LGBTQ+ Youth: Text START to 678678 or call 1.866.488.7386
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Preventing Suicide a toolkit for high schools—see attached
Suicide in Montana: Facts, Figures and Formulas for Prevention: See attached.
QPR Suicide Prevention
Free Open to the Public
Monthly: Second Tuesday at 5:30PM
Next Session: Tuesday, December 14 at 5:30PM
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am always available to offer this presentation to organizations, schools, or groups, so if you want to schedule a QPR for your staff, please let me know.
NEXT MCAN Meeting: Wednesday, December 15 at 10AM-Join us here: https://umontana.zoom.us/j/93019627649
First MCAN Conference Meeting, Friday, December 3 at 11AM—Join us here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84231214332
Dannette Fadness, BFA, BS, MPA
(she, her, hers)
Montana Campus Compact
Missoula MT 59812
Cell phone: 505.553.0987 Text or call
Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support.
On behalf of the Montana College Attainment Network (MCAN), thank you for your previous involvement with our network. We have a very exciting professional development opportunity coming up next Wednesday, that might interest you. Dannette Fadness, the Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps Manager and Certified GPR Gatekeeper, will be leading the virtual training that will review Montana statistics and focus on youth providing techniques on how to recognize someone in crisis and respond.
The link to join is HTTPS://UMONTANA.ZOOM.US/J/93019627649. It’s free, it’s high quality, and it’s easy to attend due to being virtual. Feel free to share with colleagues at MPSEOC l Montana Colleges
Hope to see you there!