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Montana Western students to display suicide prevention art

UMW News Bureau

As a part of the Preventing and Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Montana (PRISM) campaign, Montana Western students show artwork April 24-28 in the STC lobby. Artwork portraying suicide awareness and prevention messages will be on display in the Swysgood Technology Center on the University of Montana Western campus Friday through Tuesday, April 24 to 28. The Preventing and Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Montana (PRISM) art contest was open to Montana Western and Montana State University students and will be judged Friday. Visual art, radio announcements, signage and short films will be on display.  PRISM was created by Mental Health America Montana, a non-profit organization in Bozeman, to address the issue of suicide in Montana.  According to the Mental Health America Montana,  Montana has the highest rate of suicide in the nation. Students from Montana Western and Montana State University are competing for a top prize of $2,000 in the PRISM contest. A similar event will in held in Bozeman to showcase the competition’s artwork Wednesday through Friday, April 29 to May 1.  Winners will be announced in Dillon, Mont. April 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Swysgood Technology Center lobby. The campus and community are encouraged to attend and browse entries from both Montana Western and MSU students.  For more information about the PRISM campaign contact Marae Hart at Mental Health America of Montana at (406) 587-7774 or marae@montanamentalhealth.org

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