In recent years the subject of mental health has come to the forefront. In fact, it seems that every time you turn on any sort of national news, one of the top stories has some sort of connection to mental health.

Experts have said that we're in the middle of a mental health crisis and there are many claims that we don't have sufficient funds or resources to help all of those that are suffering. Of course, here in Montana, we're certainly not immune to the issue; in fact, Montana ranks first when it comes to suicide.

According to new data, we now know that one Montana city is the most depressed in the United States.

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Billings ranks number one among U.S. cities, with the highest rate of depression. The data was published by CEUfast and was gathered from the CDC. Billings has a metro area of just over 180 thousand and according to the report, almost one-third (31 percent) of those people have been diagnosed with depression by a professional.

Young Woman Having Counselling Session With Head In Hands.

Billings wasn't the only city in the northwest part of the country that made the Top 10. The Spokane Valley area ranked 6th with over 27 percent of the population diagnosed with depression, and Salem, Oregon was in 8th place with almost 26 percent of the population diagnosed with depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are many different signs of depression. Below, we have a list of some symptoms:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of irritability, frustration, or restlessness
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

If you feel like you're depressed, or have any of the symptoms above, remember that there are folks who want and are willing to help you and you're not alone. Organizations like Resources To Recover are a great place to start if you're looking for help, plus you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.


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