PAX Good Behavior Game

The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows nearly a quarter of high schoolers in Montana seriously considered suicide in the previous 12 months.
2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey / Montana Office of Public Instruction

Ten percent of Montana high school students say they’ve attempted suicide in the past year, according to a statewide survey released last month. The percentage of Montana highschoolers who report being depressed is at a 20 year high.

A woman in a red sweater and dress stands holding a book in front a classroom of second grade students.
Kay Erickson / Yellowstone Public Radio

This summer Montana received over $2 million dollars in federal grant money to train more teachers in the state in the PAX Good Behavior Game. Currently some 11-hundred teachers have been trained in this strategy to help elementary students learn skills that can help them intellectually and emotionally throughout their lives.