May

Fri., May 20: Join the Montana VA for Fort Harrison’s 100th anniversary. The event will include a health fair, tours, entertainment, and a parade. For more information,
contact Helen at 447-6897.

Fri., May 20: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

Fri., May 20: Mental Health Meet & Greet, 1 – 5 p.m. at Safeway, 611 N. Montana Ave. Learn about local programs to protect the community & how you can help fight suicide. We’ll hand out free gunlocks and Deterra Drug Deactivation Systems.

Sat., May 21: May Mental Health Month Block Party, 12 – 2 p.m., 100 block of North Rodney Street. Enjoy an afternoon of family fun, music, free food, and lots of resources in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Stop by for lunch and learn about community offerings while your kiddos get to play!

Sat., May 21 – Sun., May 22: NAMI Facilitator Training for its Family 2 Family program, Family Support Group and Connection Support Group at the Delta Hotel, 2301 Colonial Drive in Helena. For more information, please contact NAMI Montana Education Director Colleen Rahn at colleen@namimt.org or 406-443-7871.

Tues., May 24: Suicide Bereavement Support Group brought to you by Breathe Let’s Start a Conversation, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Health Administration Building, 2500 E Broadway St. Have you lost someone to suicide? This monthly suicide loss support group can help. For information, call 545-8645 or 490-3041.

Wed., May 25: Amazing Brains, Understanding Stress and Resilience, noon – 1 p.m., Zoom. Learn how our brains develop in response to toxic stress & how resilience can mitigate those effects. Presented by Elevate Montana – Helena Affiliate. Register at https://bit.ly/AmazingBrains

Fri., May 27: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

June

Wed., June 1: LOSS Team volunteer information Session, 6 – 7 p.m. If you have lost someone to suicide and/or are a behavioral health professional, please join us for this virtual volunteer information session on the LOSS Team of Lewis and Clark County Area. LOSS Team LCA provides support to the newly bereaved in the immediate aftermath of a suicide by sending pairs of long-term loss survivors and local behavioral health professionals to the scene or through delayed response. There they provide a listening ear, resources, and free therapy sessions. The goal is to connect survivors to services as quickly as possible, while providing an installation of hope. That way they can start the path toward life after loss. This is important because survivors are at higher risk of suicide themselves. With your help, we can make the Lewis and Clark County Area a place where survivors heal. Register at https://bit.ly/junelossteaminfo

Fri., June 10: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

Fri., June 24: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

Sat., June 25: LOSS Team Virtual Training, 10 – 2 p.m. Take the next step to become a LOSS Team member in Lewis and Clark County by attending this virtual training session for volunteers. Behavioral health professionals and community members who lost someone to suicide are welcome to attend this free training event. The program pairs suicide loss survivors and local behavioral health professionals to provide support to new survivors in the aftermath of a suicide at the scene or through follow-up contact. The goal is to connect them to appropriate services as quickly as possible, while giving survivors an installation of hope. That way they can begin a healing journey to life after loss. The information presented is appropriate for anyone 18 years old or older. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Jess at jhegstrom@lccountymt.gov or by calling 406-457-8970. Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/LOSS62522

July

Fri., July 8: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

Fri., July 22: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

August

Fri., Aug. 5: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

Fri., Aug. 19: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

September

Fri., Sep. 2: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

Fri., Sept. 16: Suicide Survivor Support Group, virtual, free. Noon. Charlie Health’s Clinical Director Ann Matino will host a free online support group on the first and third Friday each month. This is a safe space for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide to share stories, build community, and create a support system. Register here.

October

November

Sat., Nov. 19: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Survivor Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience. Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of large and small Survivor Day events around the world. While each event is unique, all feature an AFSP-produced documentary that offers a message of growth, resilience, and connection. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.

December