February

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.

Fri., Feb. 28: Childwise Institute Presents: Takes Two to Tango – The impact of stress and learning to recharge your batteries. 4 – 6 p.m. at the Best Western Premier Great CaptureNorthern Hotel. Participants will receive a brief introduction to how working with traumatized youth will affect them personally. They will learn the definitions of and differences between vicarious trauma, acute stress, burnout, and moral injury. They will learn about maintenance self-care/building resilience, emergency self-care, and professional options should they experience symptoms related to helping others. The trainer is Daniel Champer, LCPC – Clinical Director at Intermountain.
Register: Helena School District teachers register at Frontline Learning to receive 2 PIR hours. Teachers from other districts register by emailing Tina Eblen at tina@childwise.org.  The Best Western is located at 835 Great Northern Blvd.

March

Tues., March 10: Brain and Behavior-Based Strategies in the Treatment of OCD webinar, 12 – 1 p.m. Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects 1 person in 40, but is often undiagnosed or improperly treated. Even with optimal treatment, a third of OCD sufferers do not improve significantly; remission of moderate to severe disease is uncommon. Dr. Christopher Pittenger will discuss two new investigational approaches: one using low-voltage non-invasive brain stimulation and the other harnessing the exciting new strategy of fMRI-driven neurofeedback. Learn more and register here.

Thurs., March 12: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Resources for Military and Veteran Children and Families Webinar, 11:30  – 1 p.m. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center will host a webinar focusing on increasing access to resources and supports for military and veteran children, families, and caregivers. Military and veteran families and caregivers often face unique challenges. Families and caregivers play a critical role in the lives of our service members and veterans by helping them access services and supports. Providing resources and strategies to increase outreach and access to caring contacts can enhance the work of community service providers and peers using a comprehensive public health approach to support military families and children. Learn more and register here.

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.

Sat., March 28: Mental Health First Aid, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church. 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 Jami Hansen, Jami.hansen@mt.gov. Brought to you by the Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church, Lewis and Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition and Lewis and Clark Public Health. The church is located at 3384 Canyon Ferry Road in East Helena.

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.