Upcoming Events


The Experience and Science of Mental Illness

  • The CMHRR, NAMI MT, and the nonprofit Bring Change to Mind host a special event "The Experience and Science of Mental Illness". Internationally recognized speaker Jessie Close, author of "Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness" will share her struggles with bipolar disorder and her inspiring story of resilience that brought stability to her life. Dr. David Bond, MD, PhD, from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota shares his expertise in the origins and science behind bipolar disorder.
    • Jessie is a passionate advocate for mental health. When she recognized that mental illness was so widespread and people were not talking about it, Jessie made the courageous decision to be publicly open about her illness.  In 2007, she approached her sister Glenn Close and asked that she use her celebrity to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental illness on a global scale. In response, Glenn founded Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental illness.  Jessie has told her story to numerous media outlets including CBS News, CNN, the Chicago Tribune, Erin Burnett, and Good Morning America.
    • Dr. Bond is a prominent researcher and clinician with expertise in bipolar disorder. His research interests related to bipolar disorder include genetics, diagnostics, cognitive function, and the connection between body health and brain health. Dr. Bond’s clinical interests include the treatment of bipolar depression and the diagnosis and treatment of additional psychiatric conditions in people with bipolar disorder. He is a member of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders Task Force and has published >75 papers in the field.
    • This event will be held by Webex, it is free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are available.
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  • UW ITHS REDCap Training - REGISTER

    • There will be a virtual training in REDCap offered by MSU partner University of Washington Institute for Translational Health Sciences on January 8th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. REDCap is a secure web platform for building and managing online databases and surveys. Content will be a combination of an introduction to REDCap and more advanced techniques and analyses.  The training is free and open to everyone interested in using this platform in research.  Login in to the training through this link.  The login link will be live on the 8th before the workshop is scheduled to begin. 


  • Dr. J. John Mann, Columbia University School of Medicine

    • Renowned neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr. John Mann from the Columbia University Irving School of Medicine will discuss his work in depression and suicide prevention on December 22nd, 12:00pm-1:00pm. The event is free, open to the public, and continuing education credits are available. 
  • Cafe Scientifique: A Pacemaker for the Brain

    • Neuroscientist Dr Helen Mayberg from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York will present "A Pacemaker for the Brain: How Transformative Technologies Using Surgically Implanted Devices are Creating New Hope for Sufferers of Severe Depression."  This virtual/online Cafe will take place at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 14th.  The event is free and open to the public.
  • Eric Arzubi: Frontier Psychiatry: A Vision for Mental Health in Montana”

    • This public lecture features one of the leaders of mental health education and treatment in the state of Montana, Dr. Eric Arzubi. Dr. Arzubi will describe his ground-breaking efforts to improve psychiatric care in Montana via several projects. These include Billings MT's first school-based health center; Project ECHO which provides support for primary care physicians treating mental disorders; an early intervention program for psychosis; and the State's first residency program in psychiatry.

      The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Norm Asbjornson Hall, Inspiration Hall. There will be a reception at 6 pm, followed by the lecture at 7 pm.

  • Elizabeth Asserson: The StatusImage result for montana state counseling staff of College Student Mental Health 

    • Elizabeth Asserson, Ph.D. will be delivering a lecture on mental health at MSU.

                      The lecture will take place onTuesday, Feburary 25th, 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm                            in Norm Asbjornson Hall, Inspiration Hall. There will be a reception at 6 pm, followed                        by the lecture at 7 pm.

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Past Events

  • October 2019: Cara Palmer PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Topic: Neurobiology of Sleep and Mental Health in Youth
  • September 2019: Zoe Barnard, Administrator of the Addictive and Mental Disorders Division for the State of Montana; Topic: Suicide Prevention and Mental Healthcare in Montana.
  • April, 2018: CMHRR was awarded $378,000 from the State of Montana for two suicide prevention grants. The first grant of $157,000, led by Center Director, Matt Byerly, M.D., is to implement the Youth Aware of Mental Health program within the Great Falls School District. The second grant of $221,000, led by Mark Schure, Ph.D., is to offer THRIVE Montana, an online cognitive behavior therapy depression program, to users statewide.
  • November, 2017: John Greist, MD, a CMHRR Affiliate Faculty Member and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, spoke at the Montana Psychiatry Conference in Chico Hot Springs, MT on November 11th. The topics of his talks were OCD: Optimal Treatment and Pills for PTSD: Yes and No.
  • February, 2017: Janet Lindow, PhD awarded a $50,000 NIH Clinical and Translational Research Program Development award for initial planning steps to conduct a pilot study of the Good Behavior Game intervention in Native American communities in Fall 2017.
  • February, 2017: John Rush, MD Professor Emeritus at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School at the National University of Singapore and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine delivered a Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture, Patient-Driven Care: The Key to Recovery from Mood Disorders.
  • Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) updates:
    • February, 2017: YAM Trainer training
    • 2016-2017 school year:  8 Montana high schools receive YAM
    • Summer, 2016: Montanan general population and Tribal Nations youth cultural adaptations of YAM completed
    • April, 2016: 12 YAM facilitators trained
    • Planning is underway for next-step, randomized controlled trials of YAM in the US.
  • October, 2016: Montana Mental Health Trust awards $92,000 to MSU Extension for the project, “Expanding Extension’s Role in Serving Montana in Non-Clinical Mental Health Services”.
  • October, 2016: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded over $362,000 to Sandy Bailey, PhD CFLE and the MSU Extension to “lead a state-wide project to train extension faculty to promote mental health literacy and youth suicide prevention among rural Montanans” in collaboration with the CMHRR.
  • August, 2016: Rebecca Brooker, PhD is part of a four-person research team that received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Genetics and Human Agency at the University of Virginia. The focus of the grant is to try to understand how parent-child interactions affect child development.
  • July, 2016: TMS system for study involving the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease was delivered to the WMMHC.
  • June, 2016: CMHRR hired Janet Lindow, PhD, formerly a faculty member at the Yale School of Public Health, as an Assistant Professor.
  • May, 2016: Mark Schure, PhD was awarded a 2016 Montana INBRE grant to test the acceptability of a computerized cognitive behavioral therapy treatment in rural Montana.
  • September, 2015: CMHRR received a $1.4 million MREDI grant, which will help fund the development of 1) a non-addictive pain treatment (SiteOne Therapeutics, Inc.); 2) an EEG-fNIRS (brain function analysis) clinical diagnostic tool for depression and anxiety (Rebecca Brooker, PhD); 3) the use of TMS to treat Alzheimer’s disease (Western Montana Mental Health Center and CMHRR); and 4) a pilot study of the YAM suicide prevention intervention program for high school students (CMHRR).

Serenity in the Storm - A Community Conversation on Mental Health & Hope
Speaker/Singer: Jason DeShaw - Serenity in the Storm
April 3, 2018, 6:30 PM, Willson Auditorium


Patient-Driven Care: The Key to Recovery from Mood Disorders
Speaker: Dr. A. John Rush
February 2, 2017, 6 PM, The Emerson's Crawford Theater
Mood disorders account for at least two-thirds of suicides and a massive degree of  disability, pain and suffering. A wide-range of effective and safe treatments are available, including psychotherapeutic, pharmacological, nutritional and brain stimulation methods. Too often, however, the full benefit of these treatment options is not realized in actual practice. In this presentation, Dr. Rush will discuss some of these newer treatment options, while focusing on practical ways that patients, families, other caregivers and clinicians can help with early detection, treatment implementation, relapse prevention, as well as complete symptomatic and functional recovery.

Preventing Youth Suicide: Evidence About What Works
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Byerly

October 24, 2016, 5:30 PM, Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies
Dr. Byerly will describe available youth suicide prevention interventions, highlighting the differences in program approaches and comparing and contrasting the effectiveness of individual programs. He will also discuss the use of a promising new intervention, Youth Aware of Mental Health or YAM, by MSU’s Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery. Dr. Byerly will conclude with recommendations regarding needs for future research in the field, with an emphasis on relevance for Montana and similar rural settings.

Speaker/Singer: Jason DeShaw - Serenity in the Storm
May 6, 2015, 7PM, The Emerson's Crawford Theater


The experience and the science of mental illness

Speakers: Jason DeShaw and Dr. Matt Byerly
January 28, 2015, 7-9PM, The Emerson

Jason DeShaw, a country western musician, will sing, play guitar, and discuss his struggle with bipolar disorder. This will be followed by a lecture on recent advances in mental health research given by  Dr. Matt Byerly, a psychiatrist and scientist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Video


The experience and the science of mental illness
Speakers: Deborah Levy and Jessie Close
October 11, 2014 7PM, The Museum of the Rockies

In this lecture, Jessie Close and her son Calen Pick of Bozeman discussed their struggles with bipolar disease and schizophrenia (respectively). Dr. Deborah Levy, a clinician and researcher at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, presented an overview of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and what we know about the causes, treatment and science underlying these illnesses. Video