Videos from the 2019 Forum
The first REAL Community Forum took place on February 28, 2019. It was an opportunity for faith leaders and interested community members to come together, learn about the biology of addiction, trauma and resilience, what prevention is and what other faith communities are doing to help, national and local drug trends, and programs and resources in our community, and make some helpful connections.
We want to give a huge thank you to Helena Civic Television (HCTV) for capturing part of the day by recording some of our morning sessions. You can check the HCTV website to see when repeat telecasts of the REAL Forum will run or watch the videos below. Hopefully you can join us at the 2nd annual Forum next year, but in the meantime, thank you HCTV for helping everyone be able to experience part of this year’s Forum!
REAL Forum Part 1
Part 1 includes Colleen Roylance, Youth Connections Vice President as Emcee, Governor Steve Bullock, and Andy Duran, Executive Director of LEAD in Lake Forest, IL. Topics covered include the welcome to the Forum, opening remarks from Governor Bullock, national drug trends, substance abuse prevention, and what faith communities can do. The video that is shown toward the beginning of this recording has been muted. The entire video with sound can be seen from the link below. Andy's slides can be seen below.
REAL Forum Part 2
This is Part 2 of the morning sessions. It includes Chris Haughee, Chaplain at Intermountain Residential, and a panel of law enforcement officers. Topics covered include adverse childhood experiences, trauma and resilience, local drug trends, and how families are being affected. Chris' slides can be seen below.
Macomb County Sheriff's Office Lip Sync Challenge video
Video Link Here
Trigger Warning and Viewer Discretion is advised. This is a video that was created and posted by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan. This video shows actual overdoses and the administration of Narcan, an opioid reversal drug. This video was shown at the REAL Forum on February 28, 2019, to help explain the reality of the drug situation throughout the country and here in Helena. It shows the importance of using Naloxone/Narcan to revive people to save their lives as people need to be alive in order to recover. It is also a reminder as to why prevention is necessary.
Resources for Faith Leaders
Resources will continue to be updated periodically.
Slides from 2019 REAL Forum Presentations
Adolescent Drug Trends-How Faith Communities Can Respond - Andy Duran - February 28, 2019
Jewish Jewish Prayers & Practices for Your 12 Step Journey
- This resource from Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS) in Chicago's Addiction and Substance Misuse Services pairs Jewish prayers with principles from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Meetings in the area:
- Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in Helena
- Find a Celebrate Recovery Meeting
According to CelebrateRecovery.com, "Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life."
- Find a SMART Recovery Group
According to smartrecovery.org, "SMART Recovery (Self Management And Recovery Training) helps individuals gain independence from addiction (substances or activities). Our efforts are based on scientific knowledge and evolve as scientific knowledge evolves. The 4-Point Program offers specific tools and techniques for each of the program points:
Point 1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
Point 2: Coping with Urges
Point 3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors
Point 4: Living a Balanced Life"
- Find an Al-Anon Meeting
According to Al-anon.org, "Al-Anon members are people, just like you, who are worried about someone with a drinking problem. . . . Family members have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems."
- Find an Alateen Meeting
According to Al-Anon.org, "Alateen is a place where members come together to: share experiences, strength, and hope with each other to find effective ways to cope with problems, discuss difficulties and encourage one another, help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program through the use of the Twelve Steps and Alateen’s Twelve Tradition."
- Find a Nar Anon Meeting
According to Nar-Anon.org, "The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind."
General Faith and Prevention Resources:
The Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit - Helping Faith-Based and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has as toolkit that is explains how faith leaders can help prevent substance abuse. The toolkit can be downloaded from this page on their website. There are also various ideas of ways faith leaders can help.
Helena Youth Crisis Diversion Project Website
- If a person has a concern about a young person in their life, this website allows them to pick what the concern is. Then, they are directed to a list of actions they can take and ways to get help.
Faith Based Programs
Prevention Plus Wellness - In God's Image
- According to PreventionPlusWellness.com, Prevention Plus Wellness is an "Evidence-Based Screening & Brief Substance Use Prevention Interventions Promoting Wellness for Youth & Adults." "Prevention Plus Wellness In God's Image is a fully scripted program designed to give teachers, youth leaders, mentors, parents and service providers a quick and easy to use tool to promote spiritually and physically active, healthy and substance use-free lifestyles among adolescents." There is a cost for this program. This is a Christian-based program.
Alive to Thrive from Focus on the Family
- According to alivetothrive.focusonthefamily.com, Alive to Thrive's "purpose is to equip you—parents, teachers, and pastors—to help your kids pursue healthy lives and develop resilience in response to difficult times." This is a suicide prevention program. This is a Christian-based program.
- According to growingleaders.com, "Growing Leaders is a non-profit organization that partners with schools, colleges, athletic depats. and organizations to develop today's emerging generation of leaders."
- There are many free resources available
- Habitudes Youth Ministry Curriculum (There is a cost for the Youth Ministry Programs.)
- This is a website working to help end the stigma about mental health and provide resources and helpful tips to do this
Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders Quick Reference Guide
- This is from a partnership between the APA, the APA Foundation and the Interfaith Disabilities Advocacy Coalition. It is designed to be used in addition to a larger guide that can be purchased from their website, but it can also be a helpful, stand-alone resource.
Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders - Supporting Life Before, During, and After a Suicidal Crisis
- This resource is a general suicide prevention resource for faith leaders. On the Action Alliance' Faith Hope Life Campaign Webpage, there are specific resources for various faiths.
- The Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Website
- Action Alliance's Faith Hope Life Campaign
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline:1-800-273-(TALK) / 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text line: 741-741
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (What is SBIRT?)
- While SBIRT is often something that health professionals are trained it, it can be extremely beneficial for faith leaders to have this training as well. It helps you know what questions to ask so that you know if and when to refer someone for treatment. SAMHSA has a lot different SBIRT trainings linked to their site.
Mental Health First Aid
- Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid are each 8 hour trainings that give people great skills to help people who might be going through a mental health crisis. Check out the website for any local trainings listed.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
- The Lewis and Clark Suicide Prevention Coalition Website states: "Intended for people from all walks of life, QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) is a one- to two-hour course designed to teach “gatekeepers” warning signs of a suicidal crisis and how to help. Gatekeepers can include friends, co-workers, supervisors, neighbors, parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers, and firefighters, among many others. The process follows three steps: (1) Question if a person is considering suicide, (2) Persuade them to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources. Information provided by the QPR Institute and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Learn more about the program here ."
Some ways that other faith communities have implemented this training in their faith communities is by having all of their volunteers who work with children take this training. How else could you encourage your community to get trained to save a life? If you are in Lewis and Clark County and are interested in hosting this short training at your faith community, please contact Jess at [email protected]. If you are not in Lewis and Clark County but are interested, contact Coleen at [email protected] and she will get you in touch with the appropriate person in your county.
Action Steps to Take
- List of Community Meetings and Times - There are many groups in town working to prevent substance abuse, reduce mental health stigma, etc. and make our community better. They would love for faith leaders to be involved!
- Pray for people who are suffering from a substance use disorder or mental health condition in prayers in private, in services, on prayer chains, in newsletters, etc. (Please be mindful of the words used in these prayers so as not to contribute to stigmas. Treat it as you would any other disease.) Be sure to practice confidentiality and not pray for people specifically, by name, etc. without their permission.
- Make members of your community aware that there are Prescription Drop Box locations in the community to properly dispose of unused or expired medications.
- One way to prevent substance abuse among youth is by providing them with fun, safe, healthy, and positive activities to do instead. Youth Connections aims to put on some alternative activities for kids and we could always use help with these. The Last Day Bash is a big party for high school students on the last day of school. Typically, the last day of school has been a high drinking day, so we want to provide students with a fun, safe way to kick off their summer break and celebrate their accomplishments this school year! In the past, there have been activities like a slip 'n' slide, rock wall, knocker balls, watergun fights, water balloon volleyball, and the like. Food is also provided to students. The event is free. It will be held at Siebel Soccer Complex on the last day of school. In 2019 that's Thursday, June 6th. Would you be willing to run an activity for kids? Do you have ideas for planning? Can you donate a game, your time to volunteer, or money to make a difference for these kids? Email Coleen at [email protected] Even if you can't be there day of, could you encourage the high school students in your faith community to attend?
- Join the Core REAL Team to help continue the REAL Community Project, have a say in the topics and speakers at next year's Forum, and build relationships with others in the community. Email [email protected]
Upcoming Events in the Community
QPR Training at Headwaters Covenant Church
-This 2 hour training on May 18 is open to the public.
Life Recovery Ministries hosts a faith based addictions group on Sunday evenings, 7pm @ 200 East Broadway. This is open to both men and women.
Life Recovery Ministries also hosts a men’s only abuse recovery group at Our Place, 1pm on Mondays.
If you have any events that you would like to see listed here, please email [email protected]