January

Fri., Jan. 24: It takes a community to save a neighbor. Join us for a free session of the suicide prevention training known as QPR at the Lincoln Branch of the Lewis & Clark Library, 102 Ninth Ave. Set for 6 p.m, the training provides everyone with the skills to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. The training will be taught by Lincoln resident Jennifer Wiederhold. Learn more by visiting http://bit.ly/QPRLincoln2.

Sat., Jan. 25: Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Join us for a free session of the suicide prevention training known as QPR at the East Helena branch of the Lewis and Clark Library,  16 E. Main St., East Helena. Set for 1 p.m, the training provides everyone with the skills to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide.

Tues., Jan. 28: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Rural America webinar. Held from 1 – 2 p.m., this one-hour webinar begins with a review of national data and trends around suicide — noting how these deaths are often undercounted — and a look at the important stressors and strengths rural communities can consider when addressing this issue. The presenters will then share how local data are being used to guide population health planning efforts in Idaho that emphasize awareness, prevention, and support. Particular attention will be given to strategies for building partnerships and promoting resiliency. Learn more and register here.

February

Sat., Feb. 1: Youth Mental Health First Aid. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Life Covenant Church, 800 N. Hoback St. Free. Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. It also teaches adults how to tell the difference between normal adolescent development and a burgeoning/existing mental health challenge, which can be difficult for adults to identify without training. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Register by emailing jhegstrom@lccountymt.gov. 

Wed., Feb. 5 – Thurs., Feb. 6:  Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) Training. This ASIST Logotwo-day suicide first aid workshop will teach you how to recognize invitations for help and to reach out and offer support.  The free training will be held at Fort Harrison RTI, Building #68 in the OCS Classrooms. To register, contact John Tabb at 406-324-3222 or email john.d.tabb2.ctr@mail.mil

Mon., Feb. 10: REGISTRATION DEADLINE for the NAMI Helena Family to Family Education course. It is a free, comprehensive 12-week course designed specifically for family members of persons with major depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder or a co-occurring disorder (both mental illness and substance abuse). It offers information on stigma; medication; coping skills; self-care; emotional support; communication; brain function; and problem-solving. Classes begin Feb. 13 and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration deadline is Feb. 10. Call: 406-458-9738 for information and/or to register. Please leave a message if requesting a return call. Prior registration is required.

Tues., Feb. 11: How Drug Dependence Impacts Decision Making webinar. Held at noon, this free webinar discusses how decision-making is disrupted in those suffering from drug dependence. Dr. Christina Gremel’s Lab uses rodent models to identify how drug-dependence changes brain areas involved in decision-making, with the goal of providing much-needed data on how to improve therapeutic treatment and restore appropriate self-control. She will discuss findings suggesting that goal-directed decision-making and the controlling neural circuits are disrupted in drug dependence, and touch on whether these deficits can be treated. Learn more and register here.

Wed., Feb. 12: Mental Health First Aid, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Salvation army Helena. Don’t know much about mental health? You can change that and learn how to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis by attending this free session of Mental Health First Aid.  To register, email jhegstrom@lccountymt.gov or instructor Brett Lloyd, BLLOYD@lccountymt.gov. Brought to you by the Salvation Army Helena, Lewis and Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition and Lewis and Clark Public Health. Salvation Army is located at 1905 Henderson St.

Wed., Feb. 12: Building Rural Community Partnerships to Prevent Substance Misuse among SMVF webinar, 12 – 1 p.m. Preventing substance misuse in rural communities requires intentional outreach to key community partners to increase awareness and understanding of how to better serve SMVF. This technical assistance call will feature an example of how SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign for underage drinking
prevention partnered with the DoD’s Building Healthy Military Communities
pilot initiative in Florida and how that effort has built capacity in rural areas to
prevent substance misuse among military families. Limited Registration. Email Will Connelly at wconnelly@prainc.com for more information. This technical assistance call will feature new community-based approaches to addressing opioid use disorders and substance use disorders among SMVF, with a special focus on telehealth. The work that Community Behavioral Health Centers are doing and VA’s various initiatives serve as strong examples for integrating these technologies to increase access in rural communities. These strategies help to strengthen capacity for addressing the needs of rural SMVF. Limited Registration. Email Will Connelly at wconnelly@prainc.com for more information.

Thurs., Feb. 13: NAMI Helena Family to Family Education course is a free, comprehensive 12-week course designed specifically for family members of persons with major depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder or a co-occurring disorder (both mental illness and substance abuse). It offers information on stigma; medication; coping skills; self-care; emotional support; communication; brain function; and problem-solving. Classes begin Feb. 13 and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Registration deadline is Feb. 10. Call: 406-458-9738 for information and/or to register. Please leave a message if requesting a return call. Prior registration is required.

Thurs., Feb. 20: Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Join us for a free session of the suicide prevention training known as QPR at the East Helena branch of the Lewis and Clark Library,  16 E. Main St., East Helena. Set for 5 p.m, the training provides everyone with the skills to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide.

March

Mon., March 23: Closing the Gaps in Rural Communities: Increasing Access for SMVF Behavioral Health through Telehealth webinar, 12 – 1 p.m. This technical assistance call will feature new community-based approaches to addressing opioid use disorders and substance use disorders among SMVF, with a special focus on telehealth. The work that Community Behavioral Health Centers are doing and VA’s various initiatives serve as strong examples for integrating these technologies to increase access in rural communities. These strategies help to strengthen capacity for addressing the needs of rural SMVF. Limited Registration. Email Will Connelly at wconnelly@prainc.com for more information.

March 23 – 27: Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT) for the Helena area. CIT is a 40-hour-evidence-based training that assists law enforcement,  detention staff, dispatchers, firefighters and other first responders in engaging, assessing, and assisting individuals in crisis with mental and/or co-occurring substance disorders. It’s also useful information for people working in behavioral health and the criminal justice system. CIT encompasses tools and skills to better assist and de-escalate people experiencing mental health and/or co-occurring substance disorders.  This training exposes the participants to materials and experiences from trained mental health and medical professionals to better prepare them to effectively and safely work with this unique population. CIT Academy instruction includes:

  • Suicide assessment and intervention
  • Substance abuse and dual diagnosis
  • Introduction to mental illness
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Legal issues
  • Elderly and children’s issues
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Intervention strategies
  • Scenario training
  • Site visits

To register, contact Sgt. Shane Hildenstab at Shildenstab@lccountymt.gov  or by calling 406-447-8297.

April

Sat., April 25:  East Helena Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, 1- 4 p.m., East Helena City Hall.  Join the fight against suicide by participating in the fourth-annual walk. Stay tuned for more details.