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Below, you will find a variety of resources available in Helena, East Helena and beyond to help yourself, a friend or a loved one.  Whether you're a parent, a teen, a veteran, LGBTQ+, or anyone else in need, there are services in the area to help. If someone is believed to be in immediate danger, please call 911. Got a resource we missed? Let us know!


The information provided below should not be considered an endorsement for a specific resource. The East Helena Suicide Prevention & Awareness Coalition assumes no liability.

The Coalition is dedicated toward educating folks in East Helena and Helena about the warning signs of suicide and how to reach out to someone who might be experiencing them. Free programs provided include the evidence-based QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Talk Saves LivesEmail us to request a free QPR or TSL training for you, your school, workplace, church or community group. 

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This brief and anonymous screener will help determine whether you or a loved one might need to talk to a mental health professional. It is intended for educational purposes and should not be considered diagnostic. Please see a professional to receive an official mental health diagnosis.


Mental Health Counseling & Support

Looking for a counselor and/or support groups to assist with mental health challenges? Try contacting the following organizations:

  • Montana Mental Health Ombudsman: The ombudsman provides a variety of services including information and assistance to individuals seeking access to the public mental health system. It also looks into issues and concerns raised about access to mental health care and adequacy of care. Call Toll-Free 888-444-9669

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, Montana: NAMI offers an array of resources, including Family-to-Family, a free, 12-week education program geared toward teaching family members about mental health disorders and how to advocate for a loved one struggling with one. The next Helena Family-to-Family will be offered in September 2018. NAMI also runs Peer-to-Peer education classes, mental health support groups and offers a mental health resource list for communities throughout Montana.

  • Center for Mental Health: The Center for Mental Health partners with people and communities to produce integrated mental health and substance abuse services. These include homeless outreach, individual, family, and group therapy; youth crisis diversion, peer support, Substance Abuse/Addictions Counseling, veterans services and much more.

24-hour Crisis Lines

The Awareness Network is a nonprofit in Helena that is dedicated to increasing access to mental health care for youth. 

The organization provides scholarships for these services, free subscriptions to the mindfulness app, Headspace, for both youth and adults, and works to "educate the public and end stigma in order to promote the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression."

Native Youth Support

  • We R Native: A comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. 

Peer Support

  • Instar Community Services:  Instar provides free peer-based recovery support provided by people with lived experience who are credential and trained to assist others in initiating recovery, maintaining recovery and enhancing the quality of personal time and family life in long-term recovery. For more information, call (406) 422-7082

 Service Members & Veterans

  • Make The Connection: Explore mental health resources for veterans, as well as testimonials from other veterans about recovery and treatments that work.

  •  Veterans Crisis Line : A 24/7 confidential toll-free hotline, the Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with responders. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1chat online or text 838255 to receive support.

Hosting outreach tables with resources and other materials is a huge part of what we do, especially when it comes to gun locks and Deterra Prescription Drug Disposal Kits. Our hope is that by providing the community with tools to reduce access to lethal means, fewer people will die by suicide. Looking for a gun lock and Deterra kit of your very own? Visit East Helena City Hall, 306 E. Main St. for a gun lock, or email us for a lock and/or Deterra.




Each year the Coalition organizes and hosts two American Foundation for Suicide Prevention events, along with a number of educational programs and activities that promote self-care.

Among the former are the East Helena Out of the Darkness Campus Walk (April 28, 2018) and the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day (Nov. 17, 2018). Keep an eye on our events page for upcoming opportunities to participate.

National Resources

Montana 2-1-1 helps connect Montanans with assistance and community resources, which can be accessed either by calling 2-1-1 or visiting the website.

The organization can help you access resources specific to each Montana community, including food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment.

 This is a free, anonymous service available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.​

#LetsTalk is an app for teenagers that provides youth, their friends, and family resources to assist in mental health challenges and suicide awareness and prevention. It can provide geolocation of safe spaces for those in crisis, showing the nearest trained professionals for help, and resources for those or friends of those coping with depression and suicidal thoughts or attempts.

LGBTQ+ Support

  • The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

  • AFSP's LGBTQ+ Suicide and Suicide Risk

  • Trans Lifeline  1(877)-565-8860:  is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid. 

Our Place Drop-In Center

Our Place is a space for adults that offers a spot to check email, fill out applications for public assistance, receive help with resumes, and spend time with others. It also houses peer-driven support and recovery-focused groups.

Operated by the Western Montana Mental Health Center, Our Place typically serves folks struggling with mental health challenges but is open to anyone who would benefit from its services. Located at 631 N. Last Chance Gulch, you can reach the center by calling 406-442-1374.

Hours of operation

Monday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday & Saturday 12 - 5 p.m.

Maternal Mental Health

  • The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies - The Montana Coalition offers a number of resources for women who are pregnant and/or parenting young children. This includes information on maintaining a healthy pregnancy, mental health challenges that might arise while you're expecting or after you give birth, along with tips on how to handle crying, soothing and sleeping. Find out more here or by calling 406-449-8611.

  • Postpartum Support International provides a variety of resources, including a toll-free helpline for mothers who need support, resources, and information. Call or text the PSI HelpLine at 1-800-944-4773(4PPD). The PSI Support Coordinator for Helena, Kelsey Bronson, can be reached at 406-461-2811 (TEXT OR CALL) or via email

  • The Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) through Lewis & Clark County Public Health, gives eligible families tons of resources from benefits to purchase healthy food to parenting support groups and referrals to local health and social services. Learn more here or by calling 406-457-8912.

Graphic courtesy of Youth Connections - Helena.

Programs that promote resilience and/or connectivity

Located in Helena,  Girls Thrive is a nonprofit dedicated toward empowering young women both physically and mentally through a variety of athletic and educational activities, such as rock climbing, yoga, mountain biking, running and swimming. The program is open to all girls in grades 5 through 12, ages 10-18. It costs $100 to participate, but scholarships and free gear are available. Learn more here.

Holter Museum's Art for Survival Collaborative gives teens 14-18 years old the opportunity to express themselves to help them navigate life. through creative writing and art. This includes poetry, memoir, journaling and fiction writing, as well as collage, sketching, printmaking, photography, and mixed-media. The program is held on Tuesday from 5 - 7 p.m. at the museum, 12 E. Lawrence St. To sign up for the free program, text your first and last name and the word ARTROX to 461-4736. You can also email organizer Sondra Hines at with questions.


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Non-crisis support line for people with mental health challenges

Monday - Friday 4:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.





Text MT to 741-741



PO Box 353

East Helena, MT 59635





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