In Montana, suicide is the number one cause of preventable death for children ages 10- 14. This can be attributed in part to a lack of behavioral health services available.

After tragedy struck her own family a few years back, one of our long time listeners started a local non-profit to advocate for children's mental health, and to help find solutions to our state's growing suicide rate among Montanans of all ages. Buckets of Love will be sharing information on local resources and holding a candlelight vigil for those who have been affected by suicide.

The local non profit will honor those we have lost and join with families who have been affected by suicide on Saturday, November 14th at Caras Park. Organizers ask that you start arriving at 6:30 for the vigil to begin at 7 p.m. They will provide candles and have mental health advocates on hand to offer support to anyone in need. Naturally, they will be complying with local and state health guidelines by requiring face coverings/masks, and encouraging social distancing. And as you have likely found at any gatherings you have attended recently, you will need to provide your contact info for the MCCHD for contact tracing.

Buckets of Love and the Department of Health and Human Services would like to remind you that depression is treatable and suicide is preventable. Asking for help is not a weakness, it takes a lot of strength to reach out for help. If you are in crisis and want help, or know somebody who might need this information, you can call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7, at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Or text “MT” to 741 741.

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