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. You will only be charged for the exact cost of the training materials. The cost of materials per person varies based on the size of the group, but is usually around $15 per person.