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City Club Missoula panel stresses conversation, education about suicide

July 10, 2017View for printing

It's encouraging that more people are open to talking about suicide as a public health concern, not a personal matter, Matt Taylor said at Monday's City Club Missoula meeting that focused on the sensitive subject.

"I believe 20 years from now we will be talking about suicide in much the same way we talk about HIV," Taylor said, one of the co-founders of Project Tomorrow Montana, an organization trying to address the high rate of suicide in the western part of the state.

"Suicide is often the language of isolation and loneliness," said Taylor, who also has experience working on the subject of suicide prevention at the national level.


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Opening doors: talking about suicide a strong first step, Missoula experts say

When Kim Seeberger’s 17-year-old daughter completed suicide nine years ago, the distraught mother went looking for help, though it wasn’t easy to come by. Now, she said, times have changed as suicide moves past perceptions of shame and enters the public dialogue.

And that’s just where the experts want it.

By Martin Kidston

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