Big Bear supports several local initiatives in 2016

  • 4th Annual Big Bear Stampede Trail Race/Run/Walk and famous Run With Smokey Kids Race:  More than 100 participants and 50 volunteers attended this exhilarating event September 10th.  Nikki Kimball, renown ultra-marathoner and area resident presented a compelling message of outreach to all attendees.
  • ASSIST Training: Teaches suicide intervention skills.  Many interested Gardiner community members have been trained (approximately 100).
  • Mental Health First Aid:  Many locals have participated in this 8 hour course for teachers, health care workers, and park service employees. Ongoing trainings will continue.
  • Youth Awareness of Mental Health (YAM):  This world-wide program, proven to decrease suicidal thoughts and actions, was presented to Gardiner School students in three grades this fall as a pilot program for Montana.
  • 3rd Annual Achieve Your Dreams Day:  An adventure day hosted by the Flying Pig Adventure Company, Hell’s-A-Roaring Outfitters and Big Bear Stampede, provided a no charge raft trip, horseback ride and BBQ for participants from the Livingston Mental Health Center.
  • Counseling Services:  A professional counselor is available every Friday at te Gardiner Baptist Church.  We help support the adjusted fee payments.
  • The Help Center:  Your sponsorship allows us to contribute to this 24 hour crisis counseling and suicide intervention center in Bozeman.  (406-586-3333)

Gardiner High School 2013 poster contest

The students of Gardiner High School had a poster contest on awareness of depression.

1st place winner was Paige Robison.

Paige Robison Collage 1st


2nd place winners tied between Krystyn Poag and Libby Burke.

Krystyn Poag Photography 2nd


Libby Burke Pencil Pastel 2nd


Here are the other great entries by Baxter Fuhrman, Ben Rodman, Julia Porzner, and Sharidan Brown.

Baxter Fuhrman Clipart


Ben Rodman Pencil


Julia Porzner Oil


Sharidan Brown Pencil