March

Mon., March 18: NAMI Helena & Carroll College present Carol Kivler in “Will I Ever Be the Same Again? Transforming the Face of Depression and Anxiety — Nationally recognized professional speaker, author, and international executive coach, Kivler shares her intimate and informative experiences to help dispel the stigma of clinical depression. The event starts at 7 p.m. in All Saint’s Hall in the basement of Carroll Commons. Free. Learn more here.

Tues., March 26:  Suicide Prevention for Primary Care Toolkit Webinar — The webinar starts at noon and will be presented by Dr. Liza Tupa, the director of education and research in the Behavioral Health Program for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. The webinar will review the signs of suicide risk, prevention strategies, and a step-by-step process to save lives. The webinar is provided by the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, the University of North Dakota and WICHE. Those who register by March 16th will be mailed a toolkit. Register here.

Wed., March 27 – Sun., March 31: Are you a Helena-area who cares about mental health? If so, the Make the Connection team would like your assistance on March 27 – 31 with a national mental health awareness campaign to encourage other Veterans to seek help. The team is holding on-camera interviews with veterans who want to share their stories about getting mental health treatment and overcoming their challenges. The interviews will be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each day.

Interested Veterans are asked to email outreach@MakeTheConnection.net or call 1-323-813-1426 with the following:
• Name and Age
• Military service affiliation and service dates
• Discharge status (as listed on the DD214)

Learn more here.

Wed., March 27: QPR facilitator training — state suicide prevention coordinator Karl Rosston will present a “train the trainer” course for the suicide prevention gatekeeper program known as QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer). The course will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Lewis & Clark Public Health, 1930 Ninth Ave., in Helena.

Participants will have their registration and materials fees waived if they agree to provide training in the community once per month. Anyone interested in becoming a trainer of this evidence-based program in Lewis & Clark County can register by contacting Jess Hegstrom at jhegstrom@lccountymt.gov or by calling 457-8970.

Learn more about QPR here.

April

The Montana VA is offering two free classes via subject matter experts from the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) on postvention and peer support.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smilingTues., April 9: Post-vention for Suicide Loss Survivors — this program teaches participants about postvention for suicide loss survivors through the lens of the TAPS Postvention Model.

Thurs., April 11: Best Practice Peer Support — the training delves into best practices for building peer support programs and its applications for grief and loss.

The courses are available in person and virtually. Registration and location to be announced. For more information, email douglas.stepina@va.gov or call (406) 373-3928

Thurs., April 11 & Fri., April 12: Youth Mental Health First Aid — From 7:30 – 11:30 a.m., each day at ExplorationWorks!, people who work with youth will learn this life-saving program that helps adults recognize the difference between normal adolescent development and a mental health challenge in youth. Engaging and interactive, this evidence-based course educates participants on how to help youth through a 5-step action plan and covers topics including anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. To sign up for this class (spots are limited) or schedule a training for your own organization, please call Jess Hegstrom at (406) 457-8970.

Sat., April 27: The East Helena Out of the Darkness Campus Walk — the walk brings together people from throughout Lewis & Clark County in an effort to raise awareness about suicide prevention, honor the lost and to raise funds to fight suicide together.

The walk includes a resource fair, music and more. The event begins at 1 p.m. with on-site registration and check-in and the walk begins at 2 p.m. To register early and to create a team, visit afsp.org/EastHelena