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Eric Newhouse talks about suicide awareness and prevention in Great Falls

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former Great Falls resident Eric Newhouse is back in the Electric City to talk about psychological and physical trauma during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Newhouse spoke with the Great Falls Chapter of Mental Health America on Thursday at Meadow Lark Country Club for their “Make a Difference in May” event.

For the last 40 years, Montana has continually had one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. In a study by the Montana Suicide Mortality Review team looking at 555 suicides between January 1, 2014 and March 1, 2016, 22% of those who died by suicide were veterans.

Newhouse has dedicated his career to veterans mental health, studying PTSD and what he calls "moral injury" as a primary factor in suicides.

He talked with veterans at the Great Falls Vets Center on Thursday afternoon.

“The whole concept is that we all have a moral system that if we are forced to violate it, that has huge consequences.  It may be that you're sent into action in a country that we have no business invading and you realize that you have to kill to avoid being killed, but that your killing of others isn't justified,” explained Newhouse.

Newhouse has written two books, “Alcohol: Cradle to Grave,” and “Faces of Combat.”

He will soon be releasing his third book titled “Faces of Recovery.”

Click here to visit Newhouse's website.

If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-TALK or text “MT” to 741741


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