Suicide in the Mountain West Region of the United States.

Background: The Mountain West region of the United States consistently reports the highest rates of suicide in the country. This pattern could reflect a regional culture-of-suicide script in support of suicide that implicitly influences individual’s behavior. Aims: The primary aim of this study was to investigate whether suicide rates are elevated in the Mountain West across a wide […]

A comparison of risk factors associated with suicide ideation/attempts in American Indian and white youth in Montana.

We examined racial/ethnic and gender-specific associations between suicide ideation/attempts and risky behaviors, sadness/hopelessness, and victimization in Montana American Indian and White youth using 1999Ð2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. The primary results of this study show that although the American Indian youth had more statistically significant suicidal thoughts and attempts than the White youth, they […]

Seasonal Differences in Suicide Birth Rate in Alaska Natives Compared to Other Populations

Seasonal differences in suicide birth rates among Alaska Natives & for populations at different latitudes (resident of the Yukon, Saskatchewan, Montana, Wyoming, & Pennsylvania) were investigated. Seasonal birth rates for the general population were similarly examined. Suicide birth rates showed small seasonal variations for Alaska Natives with summer births showing more suicides. However, at lower […]

Montana Strategic Suicide Prevention Plan

In the spring of 2000, the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services began the development of a state-wide plan for suicide prevention. This plan was updated in the spring of 2005 & again in the summer of 2008. This document outlines accomplishments & ongoing challenges. Strategic directions for prevention, intervention, postvention, & coordination […]

The Religious Life During Suicide Bereavement: a Description

This exploratory study gathered narratives from 10 female suicide survivors, exploring 3 dimensions of their religious life during bereavement: the function of the survivor’s personal religion; the function of religious support from family & friends; & the function of established religious communities. 10 themes emerged: afterlife destiny of the loved one, a more spiritual perspective, […]

2005 Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Montana Strategic Suicide Prevention Plan: the Imbalance of Prevention Strategies and Relative Risk by age Group

The theme of this Conference was “Injuries, Suicide & Violence: Building Knowledge, Policies & Practices to Promote a Safer World”

Errors on Suicide Death Certificates in Montana

The theme of this Conference was “Injuries, Suicide & Violence: Building Knowledge, Policies & Practices to Promote a Safer World”

Montana Strategic Suicide Prevention Plan

“Feeling Worthless”: an Ethnographic Investigation of Depression and Problem Drinking at the Flathead Reservation

Comorbidity was used to assess psychopathological distress with respect to depression, problem drinking & suicide among 2 American Indian tribes in the northwest US. 20 people were interviewed on their experiences with depression. 12 had suffered from major depressive disorder (MDD), and all respondents had problem drinking, at some point in their lives. 8 respondents […]

Historical and Contemporary Patterns of Northern Cheyenne Suicide

This article details the historical & contemporary patterns of suicide among the Northern Cheyennes as described in the ethnological, historical & autobiographical literature, as well as through the authors’ observations on the reservation. Data from 1830 to 1968 is provided, & broken down by gender & method. Case histories & common motivations for suicide are […]

An Epidemiologic Study of Suicide Among Farmers and its Clinical Implications

This study analyzes farmers & family, from Minnesota, Montana, South & North Dakota & Wisconscin, whose cause of death was listed as suicide on their death certificates. From 1986 to 1988, 499 suicides occurred, with the highest rates in South Dakota. Rates are given by state, gender, age, marital status, race, time of suicide, method […]

Suicide Among the Blackfeet Indians

Audra Pambrun, founder of the Blackfeet Crisis Center in Browning, Montana, discusses what she believes lies behind the problem of Indian suicide, namely, a confusion of identity. She argues that too many resource agencies attempt to force their value systems on Indians thus leading to a loss of culture & identity. (MM)

Suicide Among the American Indians: Two Workshops

Suicide Gestures at Fort Leonard Wood: A Follow-Up Study

The authors studied the eventual disposition of 117 soldiers with suicide gestures at a large basic combat training post. There was a surprisingly high rate of return to combat training following the gesture. Implications of the study regarding preventive measures in high risk areas are briefly discussed.