Jan VanRiper, JD, PhD
IHH Co-Sponsors Suicide Prevention Week
Suicide Prevention Week in Missoula is set for September 9 -15, 2017. This is our community's way of recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, and National Suicide Prevention Week. A week of free events and activities are scheduled with the theme "Your Tomorrow Matters." Suicide Prevention Week is sponsored by the Institute of Health and Humanities, United Way of Missoula County, Missoula City-County Health Department, and Tamarack Grief Resource Center. Don’t miss the IHH-sponsored documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 to be shown on Wednesday, September 13th at 7 pm at the Roxy Theater. Free and open to the public. For more information about Suicide Prevention Week, please visit the Project Tomorrow website.
Saturday, Sept 9
Out of the Darkness Walk
12 PM | McCormick Park, 600 Cregg Lane
Join Missoula Mayor John Engen and KECI/NBC Montana news anchor Heidi Meili as they speak about the importance of suicide prevention in Missoula County and walk to raise awareness of suicide prevention. Visit the Out of Darkness Walk Missoula website.
Monday, Sept 11
Walking Our Way Through Grief
4:45-6 PM | Tamarack Grief Resource Center, 405 S 1st Street W, Missoula
with Molly Murphy, TGRC Assistant Director and Survivor
Sometimes words fall short, yet trauma impacts our bodies. Let’s walk about it! Join us for a casual stroll along the Clark Fork River. No registration necessary. Free and open to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Youth must be signed in by a guardian, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear your walking shoes!
Suicide Prevention Week Proclamation
7 PM | City Council Chambers, 140 W Pine, Missoula
Missoula Mayor John Engen will read the 2017 Suicide Prevention Week Proclamation during Missoula City Council’s weekly meeting as part of City Council’s support of suicide prevention.
Tuesday, Sept 12
Asist Day 1
8:30 AM - 5 PM | Missoula Federal Credit Union, 3600 Brooks Gary Clark & Spruce Rooms
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Email email@example.com to learn more and register for this two-day training. Training continues 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 13. $140 fee.
Catching Your Breath: Tools for Grief
6:30-7:45 PM | Tamarack Grief Resource Center, 405 S 1st Street W, Missoula
with Kim Parrow, TGRC Grief Specialist
The tension or edginess that can be present following trauma increases suffering. Take time to learn a few strategies to help bring moments of calm and breath into trying times.
Wednesday, Sept 13
Free Film: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”
7 PM | Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins
Award-winning documentary spotlighting the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the trained responders at the national Veterans Crisis Line (who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.)
Thursday, Sept 14
Free QPR Class
5 PM | Missoula Family YMCA, 3000 S Russell
Question. Persuade. Refer. Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide.
Free Performance: “The Sun as My Witness” by Kevin Kicking Woman
7 PM | Salvation Army, 355 S Russell
A powerful autobiographical play about childhood trauma and resilience in a Native American community, followed by panel & audience discussion.
Friday, Sept 15
Free Morning Conference, Dr. Blair Davidson
7:30 AM | Providence St. Patrick Hospital Conference Center, 500 W Broadway, Missoula
Free, and open to the public, one-hour presentation on suicide prevention by Missoula psychiatrist, Dr. Blair Davison.
Dance Out of the Dark
7:30-9:00 PM | Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W Main, Missoula
Free, and open to the public dance workshop.