Thurs., Sept. 19 – Fri., Sept. 20: Childwise Conference: Impact of Sexual Trauma. Learn about the long-term effects of sexual trauma and trauma engaged working and living through this conference at the Best Western Premier in Helena. Attendance is $199 per person. Learn more here.
Fri., Sept. 20: Vet Center Barbecue – This event is intended to connect service members, veterans, and family members with community resources and mental health services provided by the Vet Center. The barbecue runs from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Helena Vet Center, 1301 Elm St.
Sat. Sept., 21: York Fest and Resource Fair, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 6042 Nelson Road.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Register here.
Thurs., Sept. 26: Western Montana Mental Health Clinic invites you to a free community barbecue and open house at its facility, Our Place Drop-in Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at 631 N. Last Chance Gulch.
Thurs., Oct. 3: It takes a community to save a neighbor. Join us for a free session of the suicide prevention training known as QPR. at the Airport Campus of Helena College, 2300 Airport Rd. Set for 1:30 p.m. in the campus’ lecture hall, the training provides everyday people with the skills to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. Learn more here.
Thurs., Oct. 10: In honor of Mental Health Month, the Augusta Branch of the Lewis and Clark Public Library will host a suicide prevention training known as QPR. 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 FREE training from 5 – 7 p.m. Oct. 10! Beverages and light refreshments will be served. The library is located at 205 Main St. in Augusta. Learn more here.
Tues., Oct. 29: Parent College – Parents and guardians of East Helena students are invited to attend this free night of education (and pizza) at East Valley Middle School from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Learn about the challenges facing teens today and how to survive parenting in the digital age. Courses will include Digital Citizenship; JUULs, vaping and tobacco; Mental health, adolescence and suicide prevention. Learn more here.
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 from 4 – 7 p.m.
Please join us at the Rotunda for the event, which will feature speakers, a luminary lighting, a resource fair and more. Learn more and register here.
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.