BRIDGES TO HOPE FILM SCREENING AND MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

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Bridges to hope film screening and mental health month

A Community Conversation About Mental Health and Human Services

Bozeman, MT, April 4, 2016– The Gallatin Mental Health Center (GMHC) in cooperation with the Montana State University Office of the Dean of Students are proud to present a film screening and educational opportunity for the community of Bozeman.  The event will be held on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at the Procrastinator Theatre on the Montana State University campus.

The event will include speakers from the community including Nadine Grayl from Bozeman Health Spiritual Services, Joy Eiland from Community Health Partners and Ryan Niehus from Counseling and Psychological Services and a presentation about the services provided by the Hope House and their area partners. Following this community conversation, there will be a presentation of the feature length documentary film “Bridges to Hope: Hope House and the Community”.  The film, produced locally by Rising Awareness Productions contains interviews from Hope House staff and community partners including Representative Ron Ehli (R), Western Montana Mental Health C.E.O. Jodi Daly, Montana Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator Jim Anderson, and Jim Hajny of Montana’s Peer Network.

Admission is free for staff and clients of GMHC and the Hope House and $10 (suggested donation) to the general public. Tickets are available at GMHC, at the door or at www.risingawareness.com. GMHC and the Hope House never refuse services to anyone, regardless of the ability to pay, and offer a sliding fee scale to those in need. All of the proceeds from this event will fund charity care at GMHC and the Hope House.

“Commonly individuals don’t need to know about crisis mental health services until they need to know.  In times of crisis, the knowledge about what supports are available, greatly decreases the amount of stress an individual and their supports are facing.  I hope that Bozeman and surrounding communities will take this opportunity to learn about the Gallatin Mental Health Center and our partnering agencies.” –Jaime Grundner, GMHC Executive Director.

According to the Office of Public Instruction, Montana has ranked in the top five for suicide rates nationally for the last thirty years. GMHC and the Hope House believe that early intervention and awareness of available community services can dramatically reduce the occurrence of tragic events that impact our community and foster a more vibrant culture of wellness for everyone.  Whether or not an individual or a family member has ever experienced mental illness personally, they can benefit from knowing and understanding the services available to them locally.

The Bridges to Hope Event on May 4th will kick off the events that GMHC is presenting to the community as part of Mental Health Month in May.  Mental Health Month has been observed for over 65 years in the United States and has reached millions of people with local events, awareness activities and screenings.  In this tradition, GMHC offers opportunities for the public to celebrate mental health month with informative and enjoyable activities throughout the month of May.  Starting on May 3rd, the Give Big Gallatin Valley fundraiser is raising funds to help supplement the cost of charity care at  www.gallatinmentalhealth.org. On May 11th-13th a resilience conference will be held at Montana State University.  May 15th Bozeman Brewing will be sponsoring a Sunday Fund-day for GMHC.  On May 18th Suicide Prevention Training will be held at the Open Arms Drop In Center located at 695 Farmhouse Lane.  On May 23rd and May 24th Mental Health First Aid Training will be teaching individuals how to respond to mental health emergencies.

On May 25th from 6-8pm, Dr. Anne Rich will be presenting on Maternal Mental Health at the Drop in Center.  Space is limited to 60 for this event and those who wish to RSVP for the event can do so at GMHC.  Continuing Education Credits will also be available for this event for $5.  On May 23rd-24th the Gallatin County Detention Center will be hosting a Mental Health First Aid course which will help provide education to the public about how to help individuals with mental health issues.

“Mental health education, awareness, and treatment is a crucial component of the overall success of the students at Montana State University. We greatly appreciate the services that are provided off campus to our students and we recognize that these services are crucial to the safety and success of our students.  As we approach Mental Health Awareness Month, the Office of the Dean of Students and greater MSU community is honored to sponsor GMHC in the film screening, Bridges to Hope, a documentary focused on raising awareness and focus on the history and current mental health challenges in Bozeman and the rest of the country.” -Aaron Grusonik, Associate Dean of Students

Livingston will be hosting a series of events in May as well, beginning with a Suicide Prevention Training on May 2nd.  On May 9th and 10th Mental Health First Aid Training will be offered to individuals in Livingston.

A division of Western Montana Mental Health Centers, GMHC offers comprehensive, personalized mental health services. We employ highly-trained, skilled staff including licensed social workers, professional counselors and a psychologist; licensed nurses, a board-certified psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners; case managers; crisis intervention workers; and peer support specialists. GMHC staff utilizes a variety of evidence-based practices and approaches to ensure quality, substantiated support. Through integrated, collaborative efforts, our team provides diagnosis, evaluation, assessment, ongoing treatment and referral for those impacted and affected by mental illness.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michael Hoffman at (406) 585-1130 or email at mhoffman@wmmhc.org.