East Helena Suicide Prevention & Awareness Coalition


Created in 2016, the East Helena Suicide Prevention & Awareness Coalition {EHSPAC], works to bring awareness and to rally the community in response to the crisis of suicides in the area. We are a group of local community members committed to suicide prevention, public awareness, education, evidence-based practices, and access to resources for anyone feeling hopeless. The EHSPAC seeks to be an advocate for action and a strong voice for change.

In addition to providing education for the community, EHSPAC puts on several events annually, including the East Helena Out of the Darkness Campus Walk in April, Suicide Prevention Week in September, a variety of offerings for Mental Health Month in May and the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, which is held in November (read more).

If you need to talk or are concerned about someone else, please call 1-800-273-TALK [8255] or text MT to 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly. If someone is in immediate crisis, please dial 911

Learn more about the East Helena Suicide Prevention & Awareness Coalition here.

Coalition Activities

The East Helena Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, which is hosted and organized by EHSPAC, is held annually on the last Saturday of April at East Helena City Hall. The 2019 awareness and fundraising event is scheduled for Sat., April 25, 2020 at 1 p.m. Funds raised go toward suicide prevention research, advocacy, outreach and education and are split between the Montana chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the national organization. Learn more and register here.

Another annual event for the coalition and its partners is the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, which will be offered on Sat., Nov. 21, 2020 in the rotunda of the Montana State Capitol building. The event provides those who have lost someone to suicide with the opportunity to gather, learn and heal together. Learn more here.