Behavioral Health and Mental Well-Being

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Behavioral Health and Mental Well-Being

Our community is healthier and more resilient due to a shift to a new collective mindset and understanding of behavioral health / mental well-being and how to improve whole-person health.


Our 4 Community Impact Areas are designed to deliver positive lasting change by forging innovative partnerships, finding new solutions to old problems, cultivating the best resources and inspiring action to create the change we all want to see in Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties.

Impact Outcomes for Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being

  • Normalization and understanding of behavioral/mental health as a component of whole-person health.
  • People have learned to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health and illness.
  • People know how to get help and are willing to reach out.
  • Mental healthcare is readily available.
  • People contribute to others’ well-being.  

Impact Strategies for Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being


  • MT has consistently ranked in the top 5 states for suicide rates per capita for over 40 years.  MT rates are double the national average.  It is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 13 to 45 years.
  • MT ranks 2nd for alcohol related deaths.
  • 1 in 4 people will experience mental illness during their lifetime.
  • MT ranks 47th out of 50 states for Health.  Indicators include low-birth weight babies; children without health insurance; child and teen deaths, and; teens who abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • 93% of persons with a substance abuse disorder are not receiving treatment.
  • All 56 counties in Montana designated behavioral health as a top priority.
  • MT ranks 14th for Family and Community.  Indicators include children in single parent families; children in families where head of household lacks high school diploma, and; children living in high-poverty areas, and teen births.
  • MT ranks 47th for children living apart from their parents (in foster care).  130% increase in foster care placements and 60% are due to drug and alcohol abuse/addiction.
  • MT ranks 33rd for Long Term Care and 34th for Health based on the World Health Organization's definition of health, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

Working together to deliver long-term impact to Behavioral Health and Mental Well-Being - GGUW Funded Partners, GGUW Collaborative Partners and GGUW Programs and Initiatives

We believe there is no problem that we can't solve together.  Join us to make change. 

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