Grief Support & Mental Health Resources

Grief Support Resources

St. Peter’s Health Grief Support Group

  • Contact Lynne Grant at (406) 447-2464

St. Peter’s Health Loss by Suicide Support Group

  • Contact Jason McNees at (406) 490-3041 or Abbie Colussi at (541) 241-8919

Suicide Bereavement Support Group

Tamarack Grief Resource Center (located in Missoula) 406 541-8472

A Guide to Grief- Emotions and How to Cope

Talking to Youth About Suicide

helpful apps

Check the App Store or Google Play for the following apps:

  1. A Friend Asks ~ The Jason Foundation
  2. QPR- Suicide Crisis Support
  3. Suicide Safety Plan
  4. MY3 Support Network

Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention and Awareness is a community issue. In the schools, the HHS and CHS counseling departments have worked hard to help develop a comprehensive suicide prevention and mental health awareness program with the assistance of administration and our Health teachers.

Worried about a friend AND at school? Go immediately to your school counselor.
Worried about a friend AND out of school? Call that friend’s parents. Not sure how to contact the parents? Call 911 in emergency situations.

YAM (Youth Aware of Mental health) – Freshman year program run through the Frosh PE courses. Five lessons are presented by outside mental health professionals. For more info on YAM, please contact Mr. Murgel or Josyln Davidson at jdavidson@helenaschools.org

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) – Sophomore program run through the Health classes by health teachers. The focus of this program is for students to learn how to engage with a classmate who may be having suicidal thoughts and to understand the importance of asking for help from an adult if they feel their friend is at risk.

SOS (Signs of Suicide) – Junior year program, presented in US History classes by counselors. SOS is specifically designed to teach students how to recognize the signs of suicide and mental health struggles in themselves or peers and to encourage students to reach out for help. Students learned ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).

Additional Activities and Projects to Promote Prevention

Recognition of Suicide Prevention Week (first week of September):

  • Coping skills bookmark with resources distributed to all students
  • School counselors read daily messages to students on the PA System

Staff training in best practice models:

  • Teachers trained in QPR
  • School counselors and Administration trained in ASIST

Mailing to Families:

  • Parents as Partners provided by administration and DPHHS
  • Newsletters

Resources displayed in classrooms, hallways, and bathrooms:

  • Crisis Text Line Posters
  • Crisis Hotline Posters with tear-away numbers as well as SQR Code

Montana Behavior Initiative at HHS:

  • School wide universal expectation
  • Social/emotional classroom lessons taught by School Counselors
  • Interventions such as Freshmen Teams, Transitions, Team Meetings and referrals to School Counselors, and check in/check out.
  • Bengal Pounds, Postcards Home and MBI Students of the Month

Assistance Team:

  • Collective group of administrators, school counselors, Intermountain CSCT, school psychologist, special education coordinator and school nurse. The purpose of this group is to identify students in need and to implement interventions for support.

Intermountain in the Schools:

  • One CSCT Team (Comprehensive School and Community Treatment). The team includes a licensed therapist and behavioral specialist.
  • SBOT (School Based Outpatient Therapist)

Mental Health Screener:

  • This is a free, optional service. Letters were distributed in October explaining this opportunity for students and families. Contact the counseling center for more information or follow this link to read the Behavioral Health and Wellness Letter.

 

And as always your HHS, CHS, and PAL school counselors are here to help.

All services provided by your school counselors are free, voluntary and completely confidential, except as required by law to the students, families, teachers and school staff in the Helena Public Schools. Helena School District has partnered with Intermountain to offer a free mental health screening for its students. The following letter and consent form can be returned to your student’s counselor and a screening with take place:

You can contact your child’s school counselor at:

HHS

CHS