LiveWell49 Resilience Project
Park County, Montana: A Healthy and Resilient Community
In 2017 Park County community members and stakeholders formed 1)Trauma Informed Practice and 2) Suicide Prevention collective impact groups with a shared goal to support and promote the social/emotional wellness of our community. As an extension of this goal, the groups develop and enhance preventative programs within Park County.
By 2018, accomplishments include a community wide ARC (Attachment, Regulation and Competency) and Youth Mental Health First Aid training, district wide alignment of PK-12 grade procedures and protocol when responding to crisis, establishing a community and school support group as well as becoming an Elevate Montana affiliate.
Together with the support of Elevate Montana and the Park County Community Foundation, 14 various community members became ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Certified Presenters trained in trauma informed approaches to build resilience in children and families.
In early January 2019, LiveWell49 hosted the two groups in a strategic planning session to reevaluate the needs and work of each group and to set short and long term goals. The groups voted to combine their efforts and mobilize under the umbrella of the LiveWell49 Coalition as the Resilience Project.
Identify metrics to track progress of resilience building
Launch county wide campaign with consistent messaging designed to flip the stigma surrounding mental health to one of resilience, strength, resources, assets
Agree on a consistent screening tool for mental and behavioral issues
Begin the process of mapping all the resources in the community to help prevent suicide and address trauma. Identify gaps among suicide prevention resources and design strategies for filling them
5.20.19 Update: The LiveWell49 Resilience Project steering committee has been diligently working on next steps towards a Park County Suicide Prevention and Resilience Building Strategic Plan. We are fortunate to be working with Karl Rossten, State Suicide Prevention Coordinator to establish a framework that is both evidence based and specific to the needs of our community.
Four subcommittees have been formed to begin the tangible work. Each committee is led by a member of the steering committee. If you are interested in participating in any of the committees listed you may contact us through this website.
1) Identify and assist: Systematically train the community on identifying people at risk for suicide in order to reach those in greatest need and connect them to care and support. Activities in the strategy include programs such as ASIST, QPR, SOS, Mental Health First Aid.
2) Screening for mental health: Identify evidence based screening tools for mental and behavioral issues which would be consistently used throughout the county. Identify screening gaps and opportunities.
3) Crisis response data: Identify evidence based screening tools for individuals in crisis, suicide ideation or suicide completion. Identify data collection gaps and opportunities.
4) Marketing campaign: Launch county wide campaign designed to address the stigma surrounding mental health to one of resilience, strength and assets. Approach mental health as we do physical health, teach people to recognize when they need support; encourage community awareness and help seeking practices when needed.