Tribal Connections is a page of dedicated information for the Indigenous people in Montana. Are you struggling with grief, loss, isolation, or other impacts due to COVID-19?
The crisis counselors at Montana Recovery Project are ready to listen. Call 1-877-503-0833 from 10 am to 10 pm daily to connect with someone who understands what you’re going through.
10AM – 10PM Daily
If talking to someone directly is too much, you can always connect with the crisis text line by texting MT to 741-741.
In addition to personal connections, this page has a variety of resources to help support your mental health, whether you live on a reservation or in an urban community. You can also find information about how COVID is affecting populations across Montana.
No matter how you choose to connect, we listen to your needs and are here to provide support.
Who can use the Montana Recovery line?
The line is open to any resident of Montana, at any age. The crisis counselors are from Montana, so they share some experiences of the changing times in the state.
Are there Indigenous counselors?
Yes! There are Indigenous crisis counselors. Since the crisis counselor line operates like a switchboard, you can listen to the prompts and select Option 3 to denote a preference for an Indigenous counselor, but we can’t guarantee you’ll be connected to one. Connecting you to someone who can help when you need it is the priority of the line. It shouldn’t stop you from reaching out, as all crisis counselors have received cultural competency training. And no matter their origin, all of the counselors are here to listen, support, and help with whatever you need.
How much does the line cost?
Nothing—it is absolutely free!
What topics do they handle?
The counselors are trained to specifically respond to situational crises, which for now means COVID-related issues. The counselors are specifically trained to help work through questions and concerns and connect you with resources for all things related to COVID.
Can they answer my questions about COVID health care?
Potentially. The Recovery line counselors are connected to resources throughout the state. They may or may not have answers related to your particular clinic or area. If they don’t have an answer, they will be able to direct you to where you can find the answer.
Will they try to change my beliefs on COVID?
Absolutely not. The counselors are here to provide support and listen to your concerns. They will provide you with information related to COVID from the highest health officials. The information will be presented in a fact-based method and without judgement or prejudice. It is up to you what to do with any information.
What if I need help with something other than COVID?
The Montana Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) is staffed 24 hours per day by professionals who are ready to help with true emergency mental health concerns—if someone is thinking of ending it or is worried about hurting themselves or others.
The crisis text line (text MT to 741-741) is a text option that will be answered 24 hours per day and can handle emergency and non-emergency mental health issues.
The Montana Warmline (1-877-688-3377) is staffed 24 hours per day and is perfect for those who need to talk through any non-crisis issue.
Can they help me get the vaccine if I want one?
No. This line is not connected to any health clinic and or health care provisions. The counselors are only able to help you talk through your thoughts, worries, hopes, and wishes so you feel supported.
Who can I talk to if I have physical health questions?
If you have questions related to your direct physical health, it is recommended you reach out to your health care provider. They are medical professionals who will be able to support your physical wellbeing.
- National Congress of the American Indians COVID Resources
- Indian Health Service and Coronavirus
- National Council of Urban Indian Health Coronavirus Resource Center
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Resources
- National Indian Health Board COVID-19 Tribal Resource Center
- Urban Indian Health Institute COVID-19 Resources
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration COVID-19 Resources
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Coronavirus Resources
- Bureau of Indian Affairs Coronavirus Resources
- Center for American Indian Health COVID-19 Resources
- Strong Hearts Native Helpline
- National Resource Center on Native American Aging COVID-19 Resources
- Rural Health Information Hub Tribal Health