Crisis Helpline 269.381.HELP

Kalamazoo Michigan crisis line available 24/7

When a person is in conflict or crisis, we can help. The helpline operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Just call 269.381.4357. Calls are confidential and answered with respect, empathy, and compassion. Any time a person feels overwhelmed by life stressors, needs someone to listen to them, needs to sort through their thoughts, or needs help solving a problem, the helpline can be used. We are expertly trained in suicide prevention and are fully certified by the American Association of Suicidology. Gryphon Place is part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network and meets national standards for Best Practices for Suicide Prevention Hot Lines.

  • From general overwhelming stress to thoughts of suicide, no crisis is too big or small for the line
  • Trained, skilled staff listen with compassion when callers need support or connections to long term mental health care
  • Promotes community safety and provides support for those in need
  • Provides immediate emotional support and crisis intervention

If you or someone you know is in crisis or experiencing thoughts of suicide, call 269.381.HELP (381.4357) for Kalamazoo, or your local crisis center. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group

A bi-monthly drop-in support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide

Provides connection and fellowship for suicide loss survivors

Whether your loss was 30 years or 3 months ago, pre-screening will connect you with the appropriate support

Free of charge for participants

Call 269.381.HELP before attending your first meeting and for details

The Gatekeeper Program

School based suicide prevention education curriculum for middle and high school students

  • Separate multi-lesson curriculum for middle and high school students to ensure safe and appropriate messaging. Gryphon Place delivers The Gatekeeper Program to over 4,000 students annually
  • Students learn about mental health, stress, and positive coping skills
  • Students learn about local resources, how to recognize a crisis, warnings signs, and what to do if they know someone who is having thoughts of suicide
  • The Gatekeeper Program was reviewed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and listed on the national Best Practice Registry

Suicide Prevention Trainings and Awareness

safeTALK

safeTALK is a half-day 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

ASIST

ASIST is a two-day face-to-face workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations.

At a LivingWorks ASIST workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive.

Two knowledgeable, supportive trainers will guide you through the course, ensuring your comfort and safety.

LivingWorks ASIST trainees make their communities safer from suicide by providing life-saving interventions. They’re a vital resource that trainees in connector programs—such as LivingWorks safeTALK—can call to help others.

Cost

Training fee’s cover the cost of training materials and trainer time.

safeTALK trainings are offered at $30 per trainee.

ASIST trainings are offered at $85 per trainee.

If you have questions, or would like to schedule a suicide prevention training for your workplace or organization, contact Megan at MJScott@Gryphon.org.

Suicide Prevention is everyones business and we all have a role to play in reducing suicides.

 

During the month of September, Gryphon Place offers free trainings to community members. If you are interested in sponsoring a suicide prevention training, in order to allow community members to attend a training free-of-charge, please contact our Director of Marketing and Development, Megan, at MJScott@gryphon.org.