Conference/Movie Event

September 25th- Virtual Conference- 9am-1:30pm

Charting our Course Together: 

Engaging Community Action to Prevent Suicide

We are excited to provide an opportunity for social service providers, first responders, health care professionals, educators, social workers and counselors, and all those interested in suicide prevention to learn more about suicide prevention! This conference will provide attendees with an understanding, ability and intention to better utilize the SPCYV as the catalyst for suicide prevention in Yellowstone County. We will raise awareness of the issues/data/concerns we have as a community and provide tools for promoting suicide prevention. We will also spend some time highlighting interventions for at risk populations.


9-9:15am      Welcoming Remarks (Tracy Neary, Vice President of Missions)

                     Coalition Overview (Sarah Music, SPCYV Chair)

9:15-9:45      Community Health Needs Assessment Overview (Melissa Henderson, Community Health Improvement Manager                         with Healthy by Design)

9:45-11:10    Panel Discussion and QA

o   Mayor’s Challenge - Dr. Claire Oakley, RiverStone Health

o   Standing Buffalo Strong - Dr. Johnel Barcus, BUIHWC 

o   Ask in Earnest- Darla Tyler-McSherry, Originator 

o   Sam’s Run- Debi Mehling, Executive Director of Step In

o   211 - Brenda Ludwig, United Way of Yellowstone County

o   PAX - Karissa Gordon, Teacher at Ponderosa School

o   Yellowstone Counseling - Matt Leavenworth, LCPC 

11:10-11:15- Stretching and water break. 

11:15-12:15  Dr. Joy Honea- Professor of Sociology at MSUB- “Examples of Success: Suicide Prevention Strategies in Finland since the 1990s”

12:15-12:30  Break/leave if you don’t want to attend QPR 

12:30-1:30    Optional Gatekeeper Training: Question Persuade and Refer. Community level "first aid" to decrease suicide. 

For more information on our speakers CLICK HERE

Not Alone/ Babcock Theater- September 26th 2-4pm
Free Event 

Driven by a desire to understand why her best friend killed herself at 16, Jacqueline Monetta asks teens to share their struggles with mental illness and suicide attempts. Through her intimate teen-to-teen conversations, Jacqueline, and the audience learn about depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide attempts, getting help and treating mental illness. Each teen paints a vivid picture of the depths of despair he/she suffered and how talking about it saved them. They assure the audience that mental illnesses, like physical illnesses, can and should be treated.


Due to social distancing, the Babcock theatre is not functioning at full capacity.  A limit of 200 tickets will be given away at the door on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to pre-register for tickets go here: