Announcements and Upcoming Events

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training

February 15, 2023 11:30-1PM.  Registration deadline is February 8, 2023. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based suicide prevention training.  Participants will learn how to develop the skills and confidence to identify the warning signs of suicide and provide help to someone in crisis.  This program is part of a research study being conducted by Montana State University.  Participation in this research is voluntary and anonymous.  This training is open to anyone 18+. Training will be held in Billings.

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training

March 29, 2023 11:30-1:00pm. Registration deadline is March 22, 2023.  QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based suicide prevention training.  Participants will learn how to develop the skills and confidence to identify the warning signs of suicide and provide help to someone in crisis.  This program is part of a research study being conducted by Montana State University.  Participation in this research is voluntary and anonymous.  This training is open to anyone 18+. Training will be held in Billings.

Articles, Resources and Useful Links

How to Talk to Loved Ones Who Disagree With You

Perhaps you have recently lost touch with a friend after a political disagreement. Maybe time with family members is now strained because of COVID-related arguments. Or maybe you simply find yourself constantly walking on eggshells these days to avoid a misunderstanding. When it comes to big, important topics—religion, politics, economic policy, to name a few—conflict between family members and friends might not be totally avoidable, but it is manageable.

Understanding Grief and Loss Following Death

Grief is a normal reaction to the death of a loved one and affects individuals
differently. This publication lists feelings, physical symptoms and thought
processes commonly associated with this grief and discusses how different
genders and ages handle grief. It also discusses ways to help a grieving person

AgWELLNESS Podcasts

The AgWELLNESS Podcasts series takes a look at mental health in the farming and ranching communities. 

RMHP3 The Rural Mental Health Preperation/Practice Pathway

RMHP3 is a federally funded grant program designed to prepare counselors for Montana’s rural schools and communities.

The goals of the RMHP3:

  1. Currently there are 3.7 counselors per year in rural schools and communities.  The RMHP3 will increase that number to 10.
  2.  RMHP3 will bring rural communities a best practices, long-term sustainable model for mental health services.
  3. RMHP3 will grow much needed safety and support in rural schools and communities for all community members. 

Family Stress and Coping

Life can certainly have it's ups and downs which frequently can cause of some level of stress.  Learn how your body reacts to stress, how stress affects our families and gain the tools to cope. 

Montana Ag Producers Stress Resources

Montana Ag producers stress resources are available to assist with better understanding your stress and its effects on physical and mental health, manage your stress, learn how to help family and loves ones who may be in crisis, and get help to meet your stress management or mental health needs.  There are low cost / no cost telehealth or face to face therapy services available as well as help hotlines.

Being Mindful Through the Years

Mindfulness practices can be simple techniques that encourage the individual to focus on what is happening in the moment. Mindfulness practices help youth and adults intentionally observe what is going on in the present. 

Managing Anger for Better Health and Relationships

Of the many emotions we experience, anger is the one that most negatively affects our health.  Anger is stress that explodes outward, often with negative consequences. Yet anger is a valid emotion and at times can motivate us in both positive and negative ways.

Beyond the Weather - Counseling Access for Montana Ag Community

Beyond the Weather is a partnership between Frontier Psychiatry and Montana Department of Agriculture to bring telehealth services to Montana's Ag community. Schedule your free appointment online https://www.frontier.care/beyondtheweather.html or call (406)200-8471.

Suicide Prevention

988 Lifeline Hotline

In 2020, Montana was 3rd in the nation for suicides with 26.1 deaths per 100,000 individuals.  If you or a loved one are in crisis, need resources for mental health services, want information on substance abuse programs, or need someone to talk to, there is help.  988 the National Lifeline Crisis Hotline is here for you.  Call, text or chat 24/7.

Suicide Risk Factors, Protective Factors and Warning Signs

While there is no single cause for suicide, there are risk factors and warning signs which may increase likelihood of an attempt. Learning them can save lives.