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July’s meeting of City Club Missoula on Monday will focus on the high suicide rate in Missoula and Montana and what is being done to address it.

City Club’s monthly meetings provide a forum where experts weigh in on different topics that are important to Missoula before inviting the public to provide feedback and share ideas on the subject.

This month’s meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 10, at the DoubleTree Hilton Edgewater at 100 Madison St. in downtown Missoula.

More than 100 people in Missoula County have committed suicide in the past three years, according to a news release announcing the City Club meeting, which added the event will include discussion on how people can help prevent suicide.

Panelists for this month’s forum include Anton Johnson, outreach specialist for the Missoula office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as Red Willow Learning Center’s Executive Director Kathy Mangan and Matt Taylor, an organizational consultant who has worked on suicide-prevention efforts at state, national and international levels.

Missoula County Chief Deputy Treasurer Kim Seeberger, who became a suicide prevention trainer after her teenage daughter committed suicide, also will be a member of the panel.

Seeberger, along with Johnson and Taylor, are members of the leadership team for Project Tomorrow Montana, an initiative started in December that works on suicide prevention across western Montana. The project grew out of another prevention group that was started in Missoula in 2014.

Attendance at City Club, which includes lunch, costs $16 for members and $20 for non members. Reservations to attend can be made online at cityclubmissoula.com or by emailing ccm@cityclubmissoula.com.

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