All rights belongs Billings Gazette https://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/health-med- fit/preventing-suicide-among-veterans-is-a-critical-community-effort/article_724cd755- 3dd9-545c-96f8-b07965f4697f.html Here   are   two   rankings   no   state   should   be   proud   to   hold:   Montana   has   the   highest number of suicides per capita, and the highest number of suicides among veterans. In   Montana,   more   than   49   veterans   out   of   every   100,000   die   by   suicide.   The   rate   is   far higher    than    the    national    rate    of    29.7    for    every    100,000    veterans.    These    alarming numbers highlight the need for, and value of, prevention efforts. This   year,   Billings   and   Helena   joined   the   national   Mayor’s   Challenge   to   prevent   suicide among   veterans,   service   members   and   their   families.   In   Billings,   the   Mayor’s   Challenge team   chose   to   take   some   key   steps   that   align   with   the   Centers   for   Disease   Control   and Prevention’s strategies to prevent suicide. To   promote   community   connectedness,   the   team   added   veteran   and   service   member information   to   the   local   211   resource   database.   The   online   directory,   Montana211.org, connects   individuals   to   a   variety   of   resources   related   to   physical   and   mental   health, housing   assistance,   food   and   basic   needs.   For   easy   navigation,   a   single   button   brings up all resources available to veterans and service members. To   help   create   protective   environments,   the   team   will   encourage   local   employers   to become    more    culturally    aware    in    hiring,    retaining    and    serving    veterans,    service members   and   their   families.   The   City   of   Billings   and   RiverStone   Health   have   begun   the process     of     becoming     “veteran     certified”     organizations     through     PsychArmor.com. Certification   includes   four   educational   videos   to   raise   awareness   of   military   culture. Once    these    worksites    have    completed    the    program,    the    team    plans    to    recruit    and encourage other employers to take the free training. To   help   identify   and   support   people   at   risk,   as   well   as   teach   coping   skills,   the   team   is   making   peer-to-peer   connections   through   the social   media   app   and   website   Meetup.com.   After   setting   up   a   local   community   page,   the   team   has   hosted   several   events   to   bring people   together,   ranging   from   meeting   to   socialize   at   a   park   to   playing   table   tennis   at   Rimrock   Mall.   We   encourage   you   to   join   this group by visiting the Billings Veterans and Family Community Meetup page. The   team   has   joined   forces   with   the   Suicide   Prevention   Coalition   of   Yellowstone   Valley   to   increase   life-saving   skills   though   QPR   Question,   Persuade,   Refer.   Just   as   people   trained   in   CPR   can   help   save   lives,   people   trained   in   QPR   learn   to   recognize   and   respond to   potential   warning   signs.   The   Coalition   also   spearheads   a   secure   firearms   storage   campaign   to   promote   keeping   firearms   locked and   unloaded.   The   coalition   seeks   opportunities   to   speak   to   community   groups   about   both   of   these   issues.   Contact   the   group   at spcoalitionyv.org. The    Mayor’s    Challenge    is    sponsored    by    the    Substance   Abuse    and    Mental    Health    Services   Administration,    working    with    the Department   of   Veteran’s   Affairs.   Other   cities   included   in   this   year’s   challenge   include:   Albuquerque,   New   Mexico;   Houston;   Las Vegas;   Los   Angles;   Phoenix;   and   Richmond,   Virginia.   The   local   team   includes   members   from   agencies   serving   veterans,   suicide prevention advocates, the City of Billings and those who have lost family members or friends to suicide. Link for the video http://www.kulr8.com/story/39006425/the-battle-of-suicide-prevention-in-the-mayors-challenge-continues
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All rights belongs Billings Gazette https://billingsgazette.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/preventing- suicide-among-veterans-is-a- critical-community- effort/article_724cd755-3dd9-545c- 96f8-b07965f4697f.html Here    are    two    rankings    no    state should   be   proud   to   hold:   Montana has   the   highest   number   of   suicides per   capita,   and   the   highest   number of suicides among veterans. In   Montana,   more   than   49   veterans out   of   every   100,000   die   by   suicide. The    rate    is    far    higher    than    the national    rate    of    29.7    for    every 100,000   veterans.   These   alarming numbers   highlight   the   need   for,   and value of, prevention efforts. This    year,    Billings    and    Helena    joined    the    national    Mayor’s Challenge   to   prevent   suicide   among   veterans,   service   members and   their   families.   In   Billings,   the   Mayor’s   Challenge   team   chose to   take   some   key   steps   that   align   with   the   Centers   for   Disease Control and Prevention’s strategies to prevent suicide. To   promote   community   connectedness,   the   team   added   veteran and    service    member    information    to    the    local    211    resource database.     The     online     directory,     Montana211.org,     connects individuals    to    a    variety    of    resources    related    to    physical    and mental   health,   housing   assistance,   food   and   basic   needs.   For easy   navigation,   a   single   button   brings   up   all   resources   available to veterans and service members. To   help   create   protective   environments,   the   team   will   encourage local    employers    to    become    more    culturally    aware    in    hiring, retaining    and    serving    veterans,    service    members    and    their families.   The   City   of   Billings   and   RiverStone   Health   have   begun the     process     of     becoming     “veteran     certified”     organizations through   PsychArmor.com.   Certification   includes   four   educational videos    to    raise    awareness    of    military    culture.    Once    these worksites   have   completed   the   program,   the   team   plans   to   recruit and encourage other employers to take the free training. To   help   identify   and   support   people   at   risk,   as   well   as   teach coping    skills,    the    team    is    making    peer-to-peer    connections through   the   social   media   app   and   website   Meetup.com.   After setting   up   a   local   community   page,   the   team   has   hosted   several events    to    bring    people    together,    ranging    from    meeting    to socialize   at   a   park   to   playing   table   tennis   at   Rimrock   Mall.   We encourage   you   to   join   this   group   by   visiting   the   Billings   Veterans and Family Community Meetup page. The   team   has   joined   forces   with   the   Suicide   Prevention   Coalition of   Yellowstone   Valley   to   increase   life-saving   skills   though   QPR —   Question,   Persuade,   Refer.   Just   as   people   trained   in   CPR   can help   save   lives,   people   trained   in   QPR   learn   to   recognize   and respond     to     potential     warning     signs.     The     Coalition     also spearheads    a    secure    firearms    storage    campaign    to    promote keeping    firearms    locked    and    unloaded.    The    coalition    seeks opportunities   to   speak   to   community   groups   about   both   of   these issues. Contact the group at spcoalitionyv.org. The   Mayor’s   Challenge   is   sponsored   by   the   Substance   Abuse and    Mental    Health    Services   Administration,    working    with    the Department    of    Veteran’s   Affairs.    Other    cities    included    in    this year’s   challenge   include:   Albuquerque,   New   Mexico;   Houston; Las   Vegas;   Los   Angles;   Phoenix;   and   Richmond,   Virginia.   The local   team   includes   members   from   agencies   serving   veterans, suicide   prevention   advocates,   the   City   of   Billings   and   those   who have lost family members or friends to suicide. Link     for     the     video     http://www.kulr8.com/story/39006425/the- battle-of-suicide-prevention-in-the-mayors-challenge-continues
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