Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

Submitted by Riley Black

Senior Life Solutions has joined in partnership with Lincoln County Library to host “books of the month”

to further support and recognize the suicide awareness crisis.

You can find these books at your local library:

  • “ Broken (in the best possible way)” – Jenny Lawson
  • “Heart Berries” – Terese Marie Mailhot
  • “ All My Puny Sorrows” – Miriam Toews

It’s okay to not be okay

Call #9-8-8

Suicide Crisis Line

We are your hospitals program designed to meet the unique needs of individuals typically 65 and older

experiencing depression and/or anxiety related to life changes that are often associated with aging.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Anyone can make a referral, including primary care, specialists, family members, friends, community groups etc.

You may call 406-283-6890 or fill out the attached referral form and fax to our office at 406-283-3992

New Dog Mascot

Meet Mia, our new Shoo Fly Advisor / Mascot . Mia the mascot-Photo Courtesy of Shoo Fly Fishing Co.

Text-to-911 Implementation Across Lincoln County continued from Page 1

Important Notes about SMS Text-to-911:

  • Customers should use the texting option only when calling 911 is not an option.
  • Using a phone to call 911 is still the most efficient way to reach emergency help.
  • Texting is not always instantaneous, which is critical during a life-threatening emergency. It may take slightly longer to dispatch emergency services in a text-to-911 situation because of the time involved. Someone must enter the text, the message must go over the network and the 911 Dispatcher must read the text and then text back.
  • Providing detailed and exact location information and nature of the emergency in the first text message is imperative, since 911 will initially only receive the location of the cell phone tower closest to the call’s origin.
  • Text abbreviations, emoticons or slang should never be used so that the intent of the dialogue can be as clear as possible.
  • Customers must be in range of native cell towers and phones cannot be roaming or they will receive a text “bounce back” message explaining that Text-to-911 is not available in that area, and to make a voice 911 call.
  • Texts sent to 911 have the same 160-character limit as other text messages.
  • Wireless customers who use Usage Controls should remove this feature to ensure full text-to-911 capabilities.
  • Wireless customers must have mobile phones that are capable of sending text messages. The solution is available for customers who use the native SMS provided by wireless carriers.  Customers should consult their over-the-top (OTT) messaging provider to determine if and how text-to-911 is provided by the OTT application.
  • Out-of-Service cellphones will not be able to Text-to-911; there must be an active data plan for Text-to-911 to work.
  • Do not joke around. If you text to 911, responders will be dispatched.
  • Text-to-911 should only be used to communicate between emergency help and the texter. No pictures, video, other attachments, or other recipients can be appended to the message.


Submitted by Chanel Geer