October

Fri., Oct. 30: OCD in Children & the Impact of COVID-19 webinar, 12:15 p.m. Many children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) deal with their symptoms for a while before parents, teachers, or doctors notice it. Kids with OCD may try to hide what they are experiencing out of embarrassment or confusion. Some common OCD behaviors are brushed off as “kids being kids”, and some are similar to public health recommendations during COVID-19, like frequent hand washing. This complicates the process of identifying kids who are struggling with their thoughts and behaviors and could benefit from extra support. Join this free, 60-minute webinar to learn what OCD typically looks like in children; what behaviors may be a typical response to COVID vs cause for concern; how parents can be supportive of their child with OCD. Register at  https://mhanational.org/events/ocd-children-impact-covid-19  

November

Tues., Nov. 10: Learn how to save a life from suicide AND earn a $5 gift card for attending! Set for 5:30 p.m., this free, 2-hour session of the suicide prevention training QPR is intended for anyone 18 years old and over. It will teach participants the skills they need to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide.The training will be held virtually. Class size is limited to 20 participants. You must attend the entire training to receive a gift card.The training is brought to you in partnership with the Awareness Network, which is generously providing gift cards to attendees. Register here.

Wed., Nov. 18: Creating a Better Workplace Environment to Support our Service Members, Veterans and their Families Webinar, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Many Americans, including Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF), spend most of their daily lives at work. Most workplaces are relatively unprepared to support SMVF facing challenges as they transition and navigate the civilian workplace. This distinction requires the workplace to be considered an essential component of taking a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. Workplace wellness and health care programs must be transformed to significantly reduce, screen for, and prevent suicide among SMVF. Employers need to create cross-functional teams that are well-prepared and practiced at responding immediately and effectively to troubling workplace behavior. By integrating best policies and practices in the field through resources, training, and communication strategies, employers have the opportunity to create a culture of health in the workplace.

This webinar will provide information, resources, tools, and recommendations that will help participants to understand the important role they play in creating a healthy and inclusive environment for their SMVF colleagues and employees, and how to begin to take steps towards implementation of supportive and preventative measures. Register here.

Sat., Nov. 21: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day – Montana Chapter, 10 a.m. – noon, held virtually. Survivor Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience. Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of large and small Survivor Day events around the world. While each event is unique, all feature an AFSP-produced documentary that offers a message of growth, resilience and connection. Register at https://isosld.afsp.org/montana-chapter/.

December

Tues., Dec. 8: Learn how to save a life from suicide AND earn a $5 gift card for attending! Set for 5:30 p.m., this free, 2-hour session of the suicide prevention training QPR is intended for anyone 18 years old and over. It will teach participants the skills they need to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide.The training will be held virtually. Class size is limited to 20 participants. You must attend the entire training to receive a gift card.The training is brought to you in partnership with the Awareness Network, which is generously providing gift cards to attendees. Register here.

January

Tues., Jan. 12: Learn how to save a life from suicide AND earn a $5 gift card for attending! Set for 5:30 p.m., this free, 2-hour session of the suicide prevention training QPR is intended for anyone 18 years old and over. It will teach participants the skills they need to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide.The training will be held virtually. Class size is limited to 20 participants. You must attend the entire training to receive a gift card.The training is brought to you in partnership with the Awareness Network, which is generously providing gift cards to attendees. Register here.