Department of Military Affairs

Always Ready - Always There

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services

Governor's Challenge

Kelly Ackerman, Montana Veteran Affairs Division

Megan Grotzke, Dept of Health and Human Services

Jim Hajny, Montana Peer Network

Bob McCabe, Dept of Veteran Affairs

Sarah Sandau, Lewis and Clark County

Tabitha Garvin, Military One Source

Megan Cox, Montana Army National Guard

Jess Hegstrom, Lewis and Clark County

Matt Furlong,

Bob Mortenson, Dept of Veteran Affairs

Doug Stepina, Dept of Veteran Affairs

Heather Zimmerman, Dept of Health and Human Services

Crisis Text Line – This free, 24/7, confidential text message service is for people in crisis, whether they’re struggling with strong emotions or are feeling suicidal. The goal of any conversation is to get texters to a calm, safe place. That can mean providing them with a referral to further help, and sometimes it just means being there and listening. A conversation usually lasts anywhere from 15 - 45 minutes.

  • Text MT to 741-741 to receive support.


Veterans Crisis Line/ Military Crisis Line - The Military Crisis Line, text-messaging service, and online chat provide free VA support for all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and all Veterans, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.


Trans Lifeline - is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.

  • For crisis assistance, call 877-565-8860.


Trevor Project LGBTQ Crisis Hotline - The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

  • For the hotline, call 1-866-488-7386 or use TrevorText by texting START to 678678.


211 - A free, confidential 24/7 resource line and website, 2-1-1, provides information on available resources in Lewis & Clark County and beyond, including financial, mental health, shelter & housing, disaster-related, and services specific to Veterans, service members, and their families.


Disabled American Veterans – Empowers Veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. Provides free, professional assistance to Veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government. Provides a structure through which disabled Veterans can express their compassion for their fellow Veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.

  • Call 406-495-2089 for more information or visit 


MilitaryOne Source – This service and military resource website provides 24/7 support for military personnel, spouses, family members and survivors on taxes, moving, spouse employment, webinars and online training, relocation and deployment tools, and more.

It also provides confidential counselors who are available for service members and their families