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City Club Missoula Forum Tackles Suicide In Missoula, 7/10

July 6, 2017View for printing

"Igniting Hope; Building Resilience:  Suicide Prevention in Missoula"

July 10

A panel of local experts will discuss Missoula's and Montana's high rates of suicide, and efforts to address it, at City Club Missoula's http://www.cityclubmissoula.com monthly forum Monday, July 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Missoula's Doubletree Hotel.

"Over the least three years, suicide has claimed the lives of well over 100 Missoula County residents," said City Club board member Susan Hay Patrick, chair of Project Tomorrow Montana, a county-wide effort to combat suicide. "Montana has always had one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and the rate in Missoula is disturbingly high," she said. "No other single cause of death in Missoula suddenly and tragically claims the lives of so many of our family, friends and coworkers. City Club wants to educate our community about this public-health crisis, and how everyone can play a role in preventing suicide."

Panelists include Anton Johnson, outreach specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Missoula Vet Center; Kathy Mangan, executive director of Red Willow Learning Center; Kim Seeberger, Missoula County chief deputy treasurer, who lost a teen daughter to suicide and became a suicide-prevention trainer in Missoula; and Matt Taylor, an organizational consultant with a long history of suicide-prevention work locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Johnson, Seeberger and Taylor serve on the Project Tomorrow Montana leadership team; Mangan is a leader in local efforts to address trauma and build resilience through mind-body healing services.

City Club Missoula forums are open to the public. City Club Missoula runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Missoula's Doubletree Hotel, 100 Madison St.

Registration is required at http://www.cityclubmissoula.com. To pay at the door by check, email ccm@cityclubmissoula.com and indicate if you want lunch - $16 per person for members, $20 per person for general public - or the no-lunch option of forum-only for $10.

Payment is required for late cancellations and unclaimed reservations.
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