Prevention of Suicide through Education

Each club is asked to have one speaker on suicide prevention per-year and to provide educational materials where appropriate in their community.  This speaker might be live, via the web, by watching a pre-recorded TED Talk or You Tube video.  Montana has ranked in the top five for death by suicide the past 20 years.  The Rocky Mountain Region tends to hold the top five spots each year.  2018 statistics have New Mexico first, Wyoming second, Alaska third, and Montana fourth.  Currently Montana ranks first for 2020. The very first thing I learned when beginning plans for this project was to change my phrasing to say “Death by Suicide” not committed suicide.  Join me in this small step now.  

President’s Project Fundraising: 

Raffle tickets at $20-packets to each club to sell. More available. 

One week at a Marriot Resort

Paws & Claws Hotel & Spa (5-night pet stay, transferrable)

Watercolor painting of your home

Two metal hand painted flower pots filled with flowers 

Recipe embroidered kitchen towels

Embroidered towel set x 2

Beautiful Handmade Lap Quilt


Events for GFWC of MT Clubs:

  One speaker/event per-year per-club.  

Embrace a support group with a donation, meeting place. 

Print and distribute fliers on suicide prevention and help.

Join the campaign for a simple number to call for help. (988)

Join a walk—community walk, campus walk, overnight walks

Form a team- begin the name with GFWC

Plan and hold a suicide prevention event

See attached dates statewide. 

One Time Grant: 

Apply for a $50 stipend to help your club endorse and implement this project.

Click Here: Grant Application


Mayo Clinic –

In this video created by Mayo Clinic, teens describe common signs that a teen is considering suicide and provide encouragement for communicating directly and immediately for support and safety. It also Includes suggestions for what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide and ways to keep them safe. Things can get better.


Warriors making sure every person on earth knows they matter, they’re loved and  someone cares.  

National Suicide Prevention

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)  

is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Learn about suicide, how you can help prevent it, and resources for those affected, from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Our mission: save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Beyond the Paint

Veteran Suicide Prevention…/mental-health/suicide-prevention

Our specially trained suicide prevention coordinators—available in each VA medical center across the country—can help veterans get the counseling and services they need.

Speakers:  in the flesh or via media

Jackie Gittins—Director—Voices of Hope — Montana Crisis Hotline

Karl Rosston – Suicide Prevention Coordinator State of Montana –

Lyon Virosiko – School Counselor – Billings – 406-281-5805 –

Darla Tyler-McSherry Founder Ask in Earnest–suicide prevention in the farm and ranch community. –

Jennifer Preble AFSP East Helena 406-951-3077 –

Claire Oakley, Ph.D.  Mayor & Governors’ Challenges to prevent suicide among service members, veterans & families. –

Sarah Music Suicide Prevention Coalition-Yellowstone Valley –

Zhona Tang Strong Community Prevention Coordinator  NDAC-Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Center –

Katie Levine “Talk Saves Lives” 406-531-4728 –

TED Talks:

Confessions of a Depressed Comic Kevin Breel (10 minutes)

How to start a conversation about suicide.  Jeremy Forbes (11 minutes)