Fri., May 17 – Sun., May 19: NAMI Montana is holding facilitator training for its programs Family to Family, Peer To Peer Education Program and NAMI Basics.  They will be held at the Delta Marriott Colonial Hotel in Helena. In order to be trained, you must be a member of NAMI Montana and must agree to teach the education course for a minimum of 2 years. Applications are due by April 22. Learn more and apply by visiting. www.namimt.org or calling Colleen Rahn at 406-443-7871. You can also download the application here.

Sat., May 18: Learn to save a life by participating in a community QPR training at Headwaters Covenant Church from 10 a.m. to noon. Intended for people from all walks of life, QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) is designed to teach “gatekeepers” warning signs of a suicidal crisis and how to help. Gatekeepers can include friends, co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers, and firefighters, among many others. All adults are welcome. You can find more information here. The church is located at 1030 Choteau St., in Helena.

Wed., May 22:  A free showing of the film “Broken Places” will be provided at noon at the Lewis & Clark Library by Elevate Montana – Helena Affiliate and the Mental Health Local Advisory Council.

Broken Places explores why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. By revisiting some of the abused and neglected children profiled decades ago, this film is able to dramatically illustrate how early trauma shaped their lives as adults. The film represents the third in a series for Mental Health Month.

Wed., May 22: “The Psychiatric Interview of the Client with Schizophrenia: the Basics of Effective Interaction.” Presented by Dr. David H. Hardwood, M.D., DFAPA, from noon – 1 p.m. at the Center for Mental Health. The talk is open to the public. Please check in at the front desk. The Center is located at 900 N Jackson St., in Helena.

Thurs., May 23: A second showing of “Broken Places” will be offered at 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Lawrence St.  The film represents the third in a series for Mental Health Month. Free.

Sat., May 25: Join Elevate Montana – Helena Affiliate and the Lewis and Clark County Mental Health Local Advisory Council for a block party in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month from 12 – 4 p.m. in the 100 block of North Rodney. A resource fair, free food, and more will be provided. Then, at 5 p.m. there will be a premiere showing of “Wrestling Ghosts,” a film by Ana Joanes. The film will be screened at GrandStreet Theatre, 325 N. Park Ave. It represents the fourth in a series for Mental Health Month. Free. While the screening is free, audience members are asked to reserve their seats at http://bit.ly/wrestlingghosts

Tues., May 28: Center for Mental Health Client Appreciation Day — BBQ & Ice Cream Social. Noon – 1 p.m. The Center is located at 900 N Jackson St., in Helena.

Wed., May 29: Free encore screening of “Wrestling Ghosts.” The screening starts at 5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Lawrence St. The film represents the fourth in a series for Mental Health Month.

Fri., May 31: Our Place Drop-in Center will hold a painting fundraiser, including a Bob Ross look-alike at 7 p.m. The event will help fund bus passes and tokens for clients. Tickets are $15. For more information, call Our Place at 406-531-0980

June

Thurs., June 6 – Sat., June 8: The PTSD Consultation Program at the National Center for PTSD and the Center for Deployment Psychology is offering free training in Prolonged Exposure to help make evidence-based treatment for PTSD more available to Veterans in rural areas. This three-day workshop will be held on June 6 – 8, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Helena. This workshop will be led by Dr. Matthew Yoder and Dr. Jenna Ermold.  More information and registration is available here.