The holidays can be a rough time of the year. For those who are lonely and depressed, holidays can be a reminder of just how lonely and depressed they are. But those struggling with personal crises need to be reminded they are not alone. And there are many services available locally to help in those moments of need.

Topping the list of crisis assistance is the Bozeman Help Center. The center staffs a 24/7 crisis line 586-3333 for those who need someone to talk to or those concerned about someone else in crisis. Just having a human voice to turn to can mean the difference between desperation and reassurance. The Help Center also maintains a Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Counseling Center. Referral to other services can be found by dialing 211. The center also maintains a website (https://www.bozemanhelpcenter.org/) with links to their services.

Other crisis resources that are available include: Alcohol & Drug Services of Gallatin County (adsgc.org/, 586-5493) for help with substance abuse and Western Montana Mental Health Center — Gallatin County (Hope House) (wmmhc.org, 556-6500) for help with mental health crises.

Help with budgeting and financial counseling along with help with car and home repairs are available through Greater Impact (greaterimpact.us/, 581-4979) and Love, Inc. (loveincgc.org, 587-3008). Food assistance is available through the Fork & Spoon Homestyle Kitchen (forkandspoonbozeman.org/, 587-4225), Gallatin Valley Food Bank (gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org/, 586-7600) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC), (healthygallatin.org/family-health/wic/, 582-3115).

Housing assistance is available through the Human Resource Development Council (thehrdc.org/how-we-help/housing/, 587-4486) and Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley (habitatbozeman.org, 388-2851). Health care financial assistance is available through Bozeman Health (522-1720) and Community Health Partners of Bozeman and Belgrade (chphealthmt.org/, 585-1360).

And the above list is not exhaustive. Contacting any one of these agencies will yield referrals to other agencies that can provide specific types of help.

The hopelessness that goes with crises in any of these areas can happen any time of the year. But the backdrop of gaiety that comes with the holidays can make that sense of hopelessness much worse.

You don’t have to face it alone. Reach out for help. And if you see someone else struggling, reach out for help for them. It’s there for the asking.


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  • Mark Dobie, publisher
  • Nick Ehli, managing editor
  • Bill Wilke, opinion page editor
  • Richard Broome, community member
  • Renee Gavin, community member
  • Will Swearingen, community member
  • Angie Wasia, community member

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