(GREAT FALLS) The latest numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) indicate that Montana has the highest rate of suicide in the nation.
On Sunday, those who’ve lost someone they love to suicide can find support at the “Out Of The Darkness Walk.”
Tiffany Sweeney, the event chair and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Montana Chapter board member, says a stigma exists about those who struggle with mental health and depression.
“Cowboy up, man up…and it’s really difficult to get past that. It’s ok to come out of the darkness, talk about it, know there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is hope. This event will show you, you aren’t alone. There are resources within the community. There are people here to support you,” explained Sweeney.
The walk is on Sunday, September 16th at Gibson Park.
Registration opens at noon, the walk begins at around one o’clock.
The event is free, but those who raise at least $150 in donations will get a free shirt. Proceeds from the event go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for education, research, and advocacy. Organizers are hoping for at least 150 people to be in attendance.
For more information about how to register in advance, or to donate, click here.
Suicide Prevention Resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Montana Crisis Text Line: Text MT to 741-741
Lifeline Crisis Chat: www.crisischat.org
If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-TALK or text “MT” to 741741