2017 -Mental Health Crisis in Montana

Mental Health Crisis in Montana

March 18th, 10-2, at Old Roosevelt School

Addressing Mental Health in the United States has been a consistent challenge. Americans pride themselves on being able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. In Montana, a state that for the past decade has had a suicide rate nearly twice the national average (24.5 per 100,000 compared to 13.4 per 100,000), neighbors continue to hide their conditions in shame rather than seek treatment. The Department of Health and Human Services in Montana found that 88% of adults report that their mental health was 'not good' for 14 consecutive days or more within the past 30 days.  Throughout the state of Montana, 54 of 56 counties have a Mental Health Professional Shortage. This crisis afflicts our youth as well; 9% of high school students in Montana attempted suicide in 2015. It is imperative that we create an accepting and inclusive culture of health within local and national communities to combat these painful illnesses our friends and family members are facing along. 


  • 10-Introductions
  • 10:15 -Overall Mental Health, Specifically in Montana, Barbara Mettler, Executive Director of the Mental Health Center for Region 3
  • 11:00 -Addiction Disorders and the Neuroscience Behind Them, Malcolm Horn,Rimorck Foundation
  • 11:45 -Lunch
  • 12:15 -Managing Your Mental Health, Summer Peterson, Mountain Town Yoga
  • 12:30 -Suicide, Fredricka Gilje
  • 1:15 -Breakout Sessions, Questions Panel, Conclusion