The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) launched the community-wide coalition in 2018. The Kalamazoo County Suicide Prevention Plan has been finalized with eight goals for reducing suicides in Kalamazoo County. SPAN is a community collaboration and everyone is invited to the table to help reduce suicides in Kalamazoo.

safeTALK

SPAN offers safeTALK trainings to the community. SafeTALK is a half-day (3-hour) alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicidal thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

Training features

  • Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
  • Access to support from a local community resource person
  • Hands-on skills practice and development

If you or your organization is interested in hosting a safeTALK training, please contact our SPAN Coordinator, Megan, at MJScott@gryphon.org. Training costs include the cost of materials only. The cost of materials per person varies based on the size of the group, but is usually around $15 per person.

 

Learn more about safeTALK

SPAN Coalition

If you are interested in receiving information regarding the SPAN Coalition, email Megan at MJScott@Gryphon.org to be added to our email list.

Partners

Ascension Borgess

ASK Family Services

Battle Creek VA Medical Center

Bronson Healthcare System

Chosen, PLLC

Family & Children Services

Gryphon Place

Hardings Friendly Marketplace

Integrated Services of Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo County Area Agency on Aging

Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency

OutFront Kalamazoo

Senior Services

Western Michigan University