Suicide Prevention

If there is an immediate fear of death or injury, please call 911. Any suicidal thought is a risk. HealthWest's crisis line is (231)-722-HELP.  Please call:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

(800) 273-TALK (8255)

HealthWest crisis helpline:

(231) 722-HELP

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Community Resources

As of January 1, 2016 the number of deaths by suicide in Muskegon County remains very high.  The Muskegon County Suicide Prevention Coalition is working to decrease these deaths.

 

 

The Suicide Prevention Coalition meets monthly.   These are open meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 10am at HealthWest, 376 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon, Mi.  Please feel free to contact Michael Pyne at 231-724-6618 if you are interested in attending.

 

 

The Coalition has a “Suicide Prevention Plan” that focuses on these guiding principles: 1. Promoting awareness.  2. Reducing stigma. 3. Increasing protective factors and decrease risk factors. 4. Promoting community resources.  5. And the education of the community and community health providers on the “Suicide Safer Community” approach.  (Also known as “The Perfect Depression Care Initiative“).

 

 

Along with the principles are the coalitions goals: 1. Develop and maintain a strong support system for survivors of suicide.  2. Reduce suicides by promoting gun safety and blocking the means to suicide.  3. Increase outreach to youth and schools.  4. Support outreach to veterans. 5. Develop and maintain a strong support system for those who provide services to senior citizens and caregivers.

 

 

Muskegon has a strong survivors of suicide group. The Survivors of Suicide Group meet monthly in Muskegon.  The Lakeshore Survivors of Suicide group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm.  These meetings take place at the school at St. Michael’s Church, 1716 6th St., Muskegon, MI.  Please contact Gretchen at 231-955-8094.

 

 

The coalition offers gun locks for free to citizens of Muskegon County and we also work to increase education about gun safety in relation to suicides.

 

 

The Coalition is a data driven group.  The data is obtained via this committee:

  • The Muskegon County Suicide Death Review and Prevention Team.  This team meets once every quarter to review every death by suicide.  Representation from The Muskegon County Medical Examiner’s office help make this team possible.  Together there are members from various community partners; a Social Worker from Mercy Health System, Law Enforcement from Norton Shores, Nursing from HealthWest, high school teacher from Fruitport, a high school Social Worker from Whitehall, representative from Muskegon Public Health, a representative from Mercy Prevention Practices, and community members at large.  This group collects and reviews data that help the Suicide Prevention Coalition in decision making and where to focus efforts.

 

Mental Health First Aid as well as QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) classes are also available to educate our community about how to assist someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis and suicidal thoughts.

 

 

 

We provide Mental Health First Aid and our Psychological First Aid program for veterans and their families.

 

 

The Coalition continues to work with providers that do outreach to older individuals within our community. Mental Health First Aid classes are also offered to organizations that provide services to older adults as well as to senior citizens themselves.

 

 

If you would like to attend a Mental Health First Aid Class or a QPR Class or if you are interested in volunteering or learning more about the Coalition’s work please email Michael.pyne@healthwest.net or call 231-724-6618.

 

We can bring QPR to your workplace, church, or community group free of charge.  Please let us know how you would like to become involved in this very important issue.