July

Thurs., July 18: QPR – Learn to Save a Life! From 5 – 7 p.m., Elevate Life Studio will host a free session of Question-Persuade-Refer.  Just like CPR, QPR provides everyday people with the skills to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. Turn hope into action by attending this training! Elevate Life Studio is located at 1361 Elm St. Gulch in Helena.

Thurs., July 18: Ensuring Impact: Military and Veteran Children and Families, Session 1. The first of a three-session learning community series, this interactive webinar focuses on screening and engagement for military and veteran children and families. Provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, the webinar runs from noon – 1:30 p.m.  Register here for Session 1.

About the series:  Families play a critical role in the lives of our service members and veterans. Military and veteran families often face unique challenges. As teams plan comprehensive approaches within their communities, strategies to involve and support families are needed. This panel series will consist of three, 90-minute facilitated sessions. The moderator for all three of these sessions will be Gregory Leskin, Ph.D., Director for Military Families Initiatives for the University of California Los Angeles-based SAMHSA’s National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. The next session, “Examples of Coordinated Community Partnership Models” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on July 25, followed by “Workforce Training Opportunities and Supporting Implementation” on Aug. 1.

Thurs., July 25: Ensuring Impact: Military and Veteran Children and Families, Session 2. The second of a three-session learning community series, this interactive webinar focuses on “Examples of Coordinated Community Partnership Models.” Provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, the webinar runs from noon – 1:30 p.m.

Tues., July 30: Screening Youth for Suicide Risk webinar, 1 – 2 p.m. Early detection of suicide risk through screening among youth is an important method of identifying those who need help. In this webinar, Dr. Lisa Horowitz of the National Institute of Mental Health, and Dr. Jeff Bridge of Nationwide Children’s Hospital will provide background data on suicide and suicidal behavior among youth and young adults and discuss suicide prevention research in screening in both medical and school settings. Dr. Horowitz will present on the ASQ (Ask Suicide-Screening Questions) tool developed to help clinicians ask patients directly about suicidal ideation and behavior. She will describe a 3-tiered clinical pathway for implementing suicide risk screening in all medical settings including emergency departments, inpatient medical/surgical units and outpatient primary care settings. School systems are also critical venues to identify and intervene upon youth at risk. Dr. Bridge will discuss implementations of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program, which was designed to help schools utilize community partnerships while implementing critical best-practice features of gatekeeper training, peer-to-peer support, and universal suicide risk assessment. Register here.

August

Thurs., Aug. 1: Ensuring Impact: Military and Veteran Children and Families, Session 3. The third of a three-session learning community series, this session focuses on “Workforce Training Opportunities and Supporting Implementation.”  Provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, the webinar runs from noon – 1:30 p.m.

Thurs., Aug. 8: Tailoring Conversations and Treatment to Adolescents and Young Adults at Risk for Substance Use Disorders webinar, 11 a.m. – noon. Experimenting and pushing limits are normal developmental parts of adolescence and young adulthood. This may encompass experimenting with various substances that are easy to acquire and, unfortunately, that includes opioids. Whether they’re using prescribed or “over-the-counter” drugs in excess of the directions or any non-medical use of drugs, how can we best prevent substance use in this population and provide the best intervention and treatment when there is a problem? This webinar will explore 1) vulnerabilities to developing an opioid addiction 2) warning signs that a young person is misusing a prescription 3) conversations (that take 3 minutes or less) that can help prevent misuse of medication and 4) various options for treatment with the pros and cons of each. Register here.

Sat., Aug. 24: The Fifth Annual Montana Joining Community Forces Resource Fair and Veteran Stand Down will highlight  Community, VA and Military resources available to our Montana citizens. Includes the Honor the Fallen Run from 9 – 10 a.m., early entry for service members, veterans and their families from 10 – 11 a.m. and a resource fair open to all from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds – Exhibit Hall. Learn more here.

September

Fri., Sept. 13 and Sat., Sept. 14: Teens can be a bit wacky, so it’s no surprise that adults find it hard to tell the difference between normal development and what might be a mental health challenge among the youth they know and love.

Learn to decode adolescence and how to save a life during this upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid training at Headwaters Covenant Church. Split into two days, training begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and continues at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Engaging and interactive, this evidence-based program 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 or schedule a training for your own organization, please call Jess Hegstrom at (406) 457-8970.

Mon., Sept. 16: NAMI Walk Speaker Cecilia McGough will talk about her organization, Penn State’s Students with Schizophrenia, at 7 p.m. at Carroll Commons in the basement of All Saint’s Hall.

Sun., Sept. 22: Join the movement to raise awareness of mental illness by participating in the 2019 Montana NAMIWalk. The event will be held at Memorial Park in Helena starting at 11 a.m. with registration and a resource fair. The 5k walk then starts at 12:30 p.m. The Walk helps to raise funds to help individuals and families handling mental health challenges right here in our region. For more information, please contact Colleen Rahn at 443-7871 or by emailing colleen@namimt.org. Register here.

October

Stay Tuned…

November

Sat., Nov. 23: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Lost someone to suicide? You’re not alone. Meet other survivors, learn about healthy grieving and self-care at the third-annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day at the Montana State Capitol building on Nov. 23.
Please join us at the Rotunda for the event, which will feature speakers, a luminary lighting, a resource fair and more.
Until then, if you are coping with the loss of a loved one to suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has resources available at afsp.org/loss. Stay tuned for more details.