Mental Health Crisis Response in Montana
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or need someone to talk to, you can reach out to your local crisis line in Montana. Whether you’re in Billings, Great Falls, Helena, Bozeman, or Kalispell, you can reach the crisis line nearest you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you may call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This line is also available 24/7.
The State of Mental Health in Montana
Montana currently ranks 42nd in the United States for mental healthcare. Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is responsible for the reformation of their current mental healthcare system, and for providing the resources necessary to build resilience in their communities. The DPHHS has determined that Montana’s suicide rate is twice as high as the national average, placing Montana in the #2 spot for suicide deaths reported each year. Alcohol and drug abuse are also prevalent concerns throughout the state. With these facts in mind, the DPHHS has deemed it imperative to deliver a higher quality of care to its residents, in a more timely manner. Improving accessibility geographically and financially throughout the state, can result in a decrease of drug use, overdoses, and suicides. The DPHHS has also determined that the American Indian community is high-risk, and that a dialogue on the behavioral health disparities can be productive in developing a better system for mental health services.
The DPHHS determines the standard of care that all Montana residents can expect when they seek treatment from a licensed counselor or therapist, but they have also been focusing their efforts on prevention and education. The theme is in improving accessibility in all phases of mental illness, from prevention, to treatment and recovery. The ultimate goal of the DPHHS is to ensure that all residents have access to the resources that promote their well-being and ability to prosper. This includes access to therapists, psychologists, and counselors throughout the state.
For assistance in navigating treatment for substance abuse, call the Delphi Health Group at 1-888-545-6495.
If you are LGBTQ+ and you need support, contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.
The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, is open to anyone struggling with mental illness. NAMI is an inclusive and community-based resource geared towards raising awareness and supporting group members on their journey to recovery. With group counseling sessions led by a trained member with a diagnosis (past or present), meetings follow a set of 12 principles for support. NAMI meetings are meant to complement your existing treatment plan with your counselor or psychologist. There are many chapters of NAMI that meet in Montana, including virtual meet-ups. Find yours here.
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