April

Sat., April 24: Montana Virtual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. Opening ceremonies begin streaming at noon. Join the Montana Campus Walks As We Take Action to Stop Suicide
Participate through physical activity, self-care, or even gaming. Share Your Action & Show Your Impact! Begin today – register to participate, spread the word, support the cause, & help save lives. Register at afsp.org/MTcampus

Sat., April 24: DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is an opportunity to clean out medicine cabinets and dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medications, preventing drug addiction before it starts. Collection sites will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement. Learn more and find a collection site near you at DEATakeBack.com 

Fri., April 30: QPR: Learn how to save a life from suicide AND earn a $5 gift card for attending! Set for 12 p.m., this free and virtual 2-hour session of the suicide prevention training QPR is intended for anyone 18 years old and over. It will teach participants the skills they need to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. The training will be held virtually. Class size is limited to 20 participants. You must attend the entire training to receive a gift card. The training is brought to you in partnership with the Awareness Network, which is generously providing gift cards to attendees. Register here.

May

Sat., May 1: NAMI Family & Friends webinar, 9 – 11 a.m. Free. This two-hour virtual seminar will inform participants how to best support loved ones with a mental health condition. Led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition, the seminar will go over the following topics: understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery, effective communication strategies, self care and crisis preparation strategies, along with NAMI and community resources. When registering scroll down until you see the listing for Statewide MT on 5/1, or use the zip code 59601. Register here.

Thurs., May 6: Grief Matters: Effective Interventions for Medical & Healthcare Professionals, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. webinar. Grief care practices are evolving. Medical and health professionals interact with issues of anticipatory loss, death notification, and acute grief and trauma regularly, yet often express challenges interfering with their ability to offer developmentally relevant care to patients and families in the midst of grief and trauma. This workshop will illuminate existing and emerging best-practices for interacting with youth, teens, and families about end-of-life and grief, explore common responses to loss and grief, and outline helpful strategies for taking care of yourself and others amidst chronic exposure to trauma and stress. Provided by the Tamarack Grief Resource Center. Register here.

Tues., May 11: QPR: Learn how to save a life from suicide AND earn a $5 gift card for attending! Set for 5:30 p.m., this free and virtual 2-hour session of the suicide prevention training QPR is intended for anyone 18 years old and over. It will teach participants the skills they need to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. The training will be held virtually. Class size is limited to 20 participants. You must attend the entire training to receive a gift card. The training is brought to you in partnership with the Awareness Network, which is generously providing gift cards to attendees. Register here.

Tues., May 18: Amazing Brains, Understanding ACEs, Stress & Resilience webinar, 12 – 1 p.m. Provided by Elevate Montana Helena Affiliate, this 1-hour training raises awareness about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress can impact children throughout the lifespan. When exposed to high amounts of prolonged stress it can affect developing brains and shape how children see, feel, and react to situations for the rest of their lives. Not only that, if left untreated it can lead to self-medicating (drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use, self-harm, suicide, etc.), and can affect the health of that child as they get older (high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc.). While Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can impact the life of a child – a loving, caring, healthy relationship can offset the damage caused by ACEs. Resilience is a combination of skills learned through healthy relationships that helps us overcome the adversity we have experienced in life. Register here.

Wed., May 19: The NAMI Helena Family Support Group for family members and friends of persons living with a serious mental illness meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the NAMI Montana office, 1331 Helena Avenue.  Call 443-7871 for information.

May 19 & 26: Heart Math Stress Resilience & Intelligent Energy Management, 10 a.m. – noon, both days. A thriving Healthcare Industry is foundational to a strong
society that experiences wellness and life longevity. Healthcare systems are only as strong as their team members, and when healthcare workers become stressed,
the entire system can become stressed requiring a system intervention during these critically demanding times. This 4-hour online course (two 2-hour sessions) is designed to provide healthcare workers with an overview of the HeartMath® stress resilience system, techniques, and practice for in-the-moment stress resilience and energy management. Register here.

Mon., May 24: QPR: Learn how to save a life from suicide AND earn a $5 gift card for attending! Set for 12 p.m., this free and virtual 2-hour session of the suicide prevention training QPR is intended for anyone 18 years old and over. It will teach participants the skills they need to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. The training will be held virtually. Class size is limited to 20 participants. You must attend the entire training to receive a gift card. The training is brought to you in partnership with the Awareness Network, which is generously providing gift cards to attendees. Register here.

June

Tues., June 8: QPR: Learn how to save a life from suicide AND earn a $5 gift card for attending! Set for 5:30 p.m., this free, 2-hour session of the suicide prevention training QPR is intended for anyone 18 years old and over. It will teach participants the skills they need to help friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. The training will be held virtually. Class size is limited to 20 participants. You must attend the entire training to receive a gift card. The training is brought to you in partnership with the Awareness Network, which is generously providing gift cards to attendees. Register here.

June 16 & 23: Heart Math Stress Resilience & Intelligent Energy Management, 10 a.m. – noon, both days. A thriving Healthcare Industry is foundational to a strong
society that experiences wellness and life longevity. Healthcare systems are only as strong as their team members, and when healthcare workers become stressed,
the entire system can become stressed requiring a system intervention during these critically demanding times. This 4-hour online course (two 2-hour sessions) is designed to provide healthcare workers with an overview of the HeartMath® stress resilience system, techniques, and practice for in-the-moment stress resilience and energy management. Register here.