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.
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
- 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.