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By James S. Rosien
The Anaconda Leader 

Learning mental health first aid could save many lives

The Montana Gap


December 6, 2018

James S. Rosien, The Anaconda Leader

Rev. Mary Alice Jones places her hand in a trap as part of a magic act at a Smelter City Brewery pint night fundraiser for Pintler Suicide Awareness and Prevention, a nonprofit volunteer organization in Anaconda that, as part of its overall mission, provides free education classes on mental health first aid.

For many Montanans who are experiencing feelings of self-harm, their friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, favorite baristas or even the stranger they just met on the street corner may be their first and only line of defense against suicide.

Yet while the man or woman on the street may not have the formal education of a therapist, there are tools they can use to help prevent the next suicide – and organizations like Pintler Suicide Awareness and Prevention (PSAP) exist to help people learn what those tools are and how to use them, tools like mental health first aid.

PSAP is a non...

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