According to a report in the Billings Gazette, a 2015 survey showed 18 percent of Montana students had considered taking their own lives, and almost 9 percent of those participating in the anonymous survey had attempted suicide.  As a result, Billings teachers and counselors could have the faces and names of those students next year when School District 2 rolls out a new program.  However, some educators are concerned about the best ways to help those students.

 

 

At a meeting of administrators, counselors and mental health professionals on March 31, concerns were raised by school staff, ranging from how to discern when students should seek psychiatric help, to dissent from parents when some form of therapy is recommended.  They agreed that it’s better to know which kids need help, and trying to help them won’t make things worse.