On Sunday, September 10, National Suicide Prevention Week will begin, and numerous Montana communities will host Out of the Darkness walks.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reports that the state consistently has one of the top five suicide rates in the country.

Out Of the Darkness walks, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, are held to prevent suicide and give survivors hope.

The national 9-8-8 suicide and crisis prevention lifeline, which has received over 5 million calls, texts, and chats nationwide in its first year.

Here is the information for the walk to be held this month in Sidney.

Event Details

Date: 09/16/2023

Location: Veteran's Memorial Park, Sidney, MT

Check-in Time: 9:00 am

Walk Start Time: 10:00 am

Closing Ceremony: 11:15am

Walk Ending: 12:30pm

Contact Information

Walk Chair: Nick Kallem (He/Him), 406-670-5739, nick.kallem@gmail.com

For more information on the Eastern Montana walk and other walks across the state, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website HERE.

People in suicidal crisis or emotional distress can get free, confidential emotional help by calling or texting Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8 any time, wherever in the country.

The Lifeline is a network of over 200 local crisis canters spread around the country that offers specialized local care and resources while adhering to national standards and best practices.

The Lifeline was introduced on January 1, 2005, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States and Vibrant Emotional Health.

The project is managed by Vibrant Emotional Health, the grant's administrator, in collaboration with its partners, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the National Council for Behavioral Health, and others.

Living Works, Inc., a reputable company with a focus on suicide intervention skills training, also contributes to the project management.

Since its establishment, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has undergone independent evaluation by a research team from the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at Columbia University.

Researchers and professionals with a focus on crisis intervention and suicide prevention provide the Lifeline with continuing advice and counselling.

For more information on 988, you can click HERE.


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