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The holiday season can be challenging for many. The expectation of being cheerful and in a celebratory mood can leave those with mental and emotional health challenges feeling more depressed or in a heightened state of despair. There is help; yet cultural stigma often prevents people from reaching out for assistance.

The Yellowstone County Mental Health Advisory Board and Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley remind people that there is help, and hope, for mental health illness.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available through the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), texting “MT” to 741 741 or visiting suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

The Mental Health Advisory Board and the Suicide Prevention Coalition invite you to join our efforts to eliminate mental health stigma and prevent suicide.

The MHAB meets the first Thursday of every month, from noon to 1 p.m. at LIFTT, 1201 Grand Ave. For more information about MHAB contact Brent Morris at 406-294-5189 or brentm@liftt.org.

The SPCYC meets the third Monday of every month, from noon to 1 p.m. at RiverStone Health, 123 S. 27th St. For more information about SPCYV contact coalition chair Nathan Stahley,nathan.sta@riverstonehealth.org or visit www.spcoalitionyv.org

Brent Morris, chair

Yellowstone MHAB

Nathan Stahley, chair

Suicide Prevention Coalition

Billings

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