Peaks to Plains Park was a gathering place May 14 for Let’s Talk Billings teens, parents and proud supporters celebrating their achievements as the school year comes to an end.
The celebration on the MSU Billings university campus honored the achievements that have been made by teenagers from Billings’ high schools. A group of 10 teenagers from West, Skyview and Senior high schools spent the year scripting and performing original theater performances to raise awareness about suicide.
The project, entitled “Let’s Talk Billings,” is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health General Medical Sciences Division and the Global Health Equity Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization dedicated to making tangible improvements in healthcare and health education, based in Miles City and Geneva, Switzerland.
Let’s Talk staff honored the teenagers with gifts and expressed thanks to the teen actors and directors. Let’s Talk Billings, a suicide prevention program that uses theater to address the epidemic of suicide in the community, has presented two short plays by students followed by a talk-back session to answer questions. about how to get help for those in the throes of suicidal thoughts.
The teens have performed this past year at Nova Theatre twice, once for a sold out audience and the second as part of the Billings Fringe Festival, as well as in Miles City for Custer County District High School, and additionally participating in workshops, rehearsals, and performances previously at other area high schools.
Let’s Talk Billings honored the teens’ achievements in working to end the stigma that often surrounds mental health and for raising awareness of suicide resources in our community.
For more information about the project, visit www.letstalkbillings.com or contact MSU Billings Theater and Communications chair, Dr. Sarah Keller at (406) 896-5824.