Montana suicides continue to creep up; rate remains twice the national average

John Glueckert, the administrator of the Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs, walks across the campus on Oct. 10. At a rate of 23.4 deaths per 100,000 people, Montana’s suicide rate continues to be nearly twice the national average.

High School Senior Urges Teens to Free Suicide Prevention App Made Especially for Youth

Claire Manson, Butte High School senior, is president of Teens Advocating a Safe Community. She recommends that youth download the free suicide prevention app, “A Friend Asks,” on Android or iPhone programs

A local suicide prevention group is recommending a new cell phone app for digitally connected youth.  “A Friends Ask”


Demons Inside: Teens at Risk can Hide Mental Illness

NBC News
Shame and stigma continue to play major roles in the lives of many teenagers who live with a mental illness, according to a recent study and the testimony of some suicide loss survivors. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University found that 90% of adolescents taking medications for a mental illness said they had experienced some form of stigma. Even for well-supported teens, such experiences can lead to shame and isolation – challenges that are often compounded by young people’s relative inexperience in managing a mental health condition. These factors can keep adolescents from seeking the help they need if they become suicidal. Some families who have lost a child to suicide have responded by promoting community and school awareness programs designed to create more accepting environments.

Job Announcement

Vacancy Announcement -Executive Director
NC Foundation
722 Aspen Grove Court
Whitefish, MT 59937

Area of Focus: Whitefish, MT

Job Type: Executive Director, part time position

Position will remain open until filled. To apply, email letter and resume to mailto:

Foundation Background:
The NC Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, based in Whitefish, MT and focused on suicide prevention and mental health promotion for youth in Whitefish and the Flathead Valley. Founded in 2000, the NC Foundation has been a small, “kitchen table” non-profit. Hiring of an Executive Director is the first step in growing the NC Foundation into a more stable, permanent organization to better meet the needs of the constituents that utilize the programs.

Job Summary:
The NC Foundation seeks a self-motivated, dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Executive Director. The board seeks an ambitious Executive Director, someone who is passionate about the work of youth mental health and understands how to partner with other providers of these services. This is a new position and there is an opportunity for the right person to help grow the organization.

SCOPE OF WORK: The executive director will provide leadership and direction in all aspects of the organization. Essential duties and responsibilities include directing, implementing and guiding key organizational components such as: administration and strategic planning, budget development and fiscal management, grant development and management, developing and strengthening community relations and partnerships, and support to the Board of Directors.

I. Administrative Oversight
A. Develop the yearly budget. Meet expense and revenue budget projections and/or
advise the Board of recommended adjustments.
B. Provide oversight and report to the Board on all financial systems, including daily
bookkeeping, annual accounting and tax preparation.
C. Develop policies and procedures for the NC Foundation, anticipating future growth of
the non-profit.
D. Monitor, record and report expenditure of grant funding, and ensure compliance with
grant requirements.

II. Organization Leadership
A. In conjunction with the board, develop and implement annual work plans.
B. Manage and coordinate with other local and regional non-profits and government
agencies to ensure that the NC Foundation programs are integrated with other
community programs and that the NC Foundation programs are reaching the goal of
reducing suicides among youth in Montana.
C. Proactively identify, make recommendations, develop action plans and implement the
action plans for mental health access and suicide prevention programs for young
D. Speak on behalf of and advocate for NC Foundation with the media, members of the
public, and local, state and national groups and organizations as needed and/or
E. Maintain knowledge on state suicide prevention plan and research concerning suicide       contributing factors and prevention in order to represent the position and interest of
the NC Foundation.

III. Board Support
A. Provides timely information and report to the Board of Directors to assist with
decision making for the organization.
B. Attend scheduled and as needed meetings with supervisor and the Board of Directors.
C. Assist with Board development as needed and/or directed.
D. Facilitate board involvement and activity as needed and/or directed
E. Work with the board to continue to develop the strategic vision of the NC Foundation

IV. Staff Management
A. Recruit, hire and supervise staff as approved by the board.
B. Ensure staff access to training opportunities and other resources necessary to fulfill
professional performance requirements.

V. Resource Development
A. Work with Board to identify, develop and cultivate major donors.
B. Provide leadership and participate in all resource development/fund-raising
C. Search for and recommend grant opportunities to the board. Write grant applications
that will further the mission of the NC Foundation. Ensure adherence to all public and
private grant requirements.
D. Identify, establish and maintain positive working relationships with all key
E. Knowledge and ability to use Internet, social media (i.e. Facebook, Crowdrise, Mail
Chimp and Website) and computer programs to update social media sites and
coordinate with tech support as needed to keep sites updated.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum requirements for the position include a combination of education or training in social services, and demonstrated experience working to advance the goals and objectives of non-profit organizations. Preference will be given for post-secondary education degrees in social sciences, mental health, and/or non-profit management and for demonstrated progressive leadership experience with non-profit organizations. Must be able to work independently and demonstrate written and oral communication skills needed to coordinate with the Board, partners, outreach to donors and the public and coordinate media relations. Skills in financial analysis and budgeting; ability to work with databases, spreadsheets and word processing software programs; and personnel/volunteer management proficiency are desired; ability to work with databases, spreadsheets, and word processing software programs; and personnel/volunteer management proficiency required.

Job Duration: 1-2 years. The long term goal is for this position to be permanent, full-time if adequate funding is acquired.

Hours: Part-time, averaging 20 hours per week, not to exceed 1,040 annually.

Required travel: Generally local travel within Flathead County

Minimum education: 2 year college, associate degree or higher preferred.

Minimum experience: 2-3 years in leadership positions of a non-profit or business organization. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and on method of employment (salaried or contractor).

Contact Terry Chute at 406-250-7227 or Jane Kollmeyer at 406-250-7227 for more information.

For more information on the NC Foundation visit:

To apply, email letter and resume to mailto:

For a copy of the job announcement, click here

Position will remain open until filled.

Snowboard Event Raises Support for Suicide Awareness

Article Excerpt:  Nate Chute was a good-natured, well-liked young man who loved snowboarding. When he wasn’t working at Stumptown Snowboards in downtown Whitefish, he was up at Big Mountain helping with the youth team.

When he committed suicide the summer after graduating from high school in 1999, with a bright future and college plans ahead of him, it rocked his family and friends.

“It was totally unexpected. We didn’t see it coming. None of his friends saw it coming,” his father Terry said. “There were not outward signs. It hit everybody really hard.”

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