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 (4357)

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April 2018

Spring Into Action: A Self-Advocacy Conference

April 19 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Holiday Inn Muskegon, 939 3rd St.
Muskegon, 49440 United States
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The Spring Into Action Self-Advocacy Conference will be a local one-day event for and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Arc Muskegon has long supported people with I/DD to advocate for themselves, and this conference will give you further tools, resources, education, and support to do so.   -- You will learn more about the basics of self-advocacy that will open many new doors! -- You will learn how to share your opinions and speak up about…

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Persuasive Storytelling for Parents/Adults

April 27 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Folkert Community Hub, 640 Seminole Road
Muskegon, MI 49441 United States
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Have you ever wondered why some speeches are good and some are downright boring? Or just want to be an effective communicator? Personal storytelling is one of the best tools for young adult mental health advocates and parents of youth receiving mental health services. During this workshop, you’ll learn to share your own story—but in a way that aims to influence the listener to act. Know what makes a story relevant to an audience Understand how using personal experience can…

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May 2018

QPR-Suicide Prevention Skills-Lunch Time Learning

May 9 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
HealthWest, 376 E Apple Ave
Muskegon, 49442 United States
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There is hope for preventing suicide. Let's all participate and learn. In just over a year and a half, more than 2,350 people in Muskegon County have been trained in how to help someone who is considering taking their own life. Communities that know QPR skills have fewer suicides. Become a certified QPR Gatekeeper! When confronted by a suicidal person we can get confused, upset, and concerned about what to do. The steps are fairly simple and this class will…

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Psychological First Aid Training

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HealthWest, 376 E Apple Ave
Muskegon, 49442 United States
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Psychological First Aid is a model which offers supportive, practical assistance to anyone who has recently experienced exposure to serious stressors or traumatic events. It includes assessment of needs and concerns, listening and helping people connect to information, services and supports.   PFA aims to reduce stress symptoms and assist in a healthy recovery following a traumatic event, natural disaster, public health emergency, or even a personal crisis. Early intervention can prevent more serious mental health problems later. Psychological First…

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Community Gathering Initiative — Speaking Down Barriers Event

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kingdom Embassy Covenant Church, 3025 Glenside Blvd.
Muskegon, MI 49444 United States
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During this Community Gathering Initiative event, facilitators will guide a community conversation to create shared learning and meaning, exploring issues of diversity and inclusion in a new way through art and the spoken word. Speaking Down Barriers consultants will be here in Muskegon to teach and facilitate a Muskegon County community discussion on our concerns and needs to bring about more racial harmony.

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Dr. Vincent Felitti Presents: Universal Screening for ACEs

May 31 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Fraurenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave #200
Muskegon, MI 49440 United States
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  Dr. Vincent Felitti is coming to Muskegon for a special meeting with area physicians and medical providers on Universal Screenings for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Dr. Felitti is the co-principal investigator of the internationally recognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. A patient’s ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) score, predicts numerous health outcomes: Research shows that childhood trauma injures a child’s brain, impairing physical development and function. The more ACEs, like abuse, neglect and household dysfunction, a child experiences, the more likely…

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ReCon: Veteran Resilience Conference

May 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fraurenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave #200
Muskegon, MI 49440 United States
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WHAT IS RECON? ReCon is a Resilience Conference focused on veteran, family and community resilience. Pioneering a Veteran resilience movement starts with all of us. That’s why ReCon: Resilience Conference focuses on bringing you the best speakers, resources, and practices to equip you with the tools you need to continue encouraging and strengthening others. Veterans, relatives of Veterans, Veteran service providers, and anyone who is interested in Veteran challenges are invited to attend ReCon. The conference includes a complete line up…

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Dr. Vincent Filetti Presents FROM TRAUMA TO TRIUMPH

May 31 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Fraurenthal Center, 425 W Western Ave #200
Muskegon, MI 49440 United States
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Dr. Vincent Filetti is coming to Muskegon to present: Trauma to Triumph, Understanding the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Research shows that childhood trauma injures a child’s brain, impairing physical development and function. There is a stunning link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) like abuse, neglect and household dysfunction and the chronic diseases people develop as adults as well as social and emotional problems. This includes heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and many autoimmune diseases; as well as depression,…

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June 2018

Clinical Connections – A Gathering of Therapists Serving Muskegon County

June 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
HealthWest, 376 E Apple Ave
Muskegon, 49442 United States
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Hello, This group is new to Muskegon and will meet quarterly. It is open to any Therapists and Counselors and will be an opportunity to meet and discuss pertinent topics related to the work that we do here in Muskegon County. Please bring ideas or other thoughts for discussion. This is a place for us to connect and see what is going on in our community as this field is ever changing. It is also a group that is working…

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Class – Certification (June)

June 20 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
HealthWest, 376 E Apple Ave
Muskegon, 49442 United States
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This is YOUTH Mental Health First Aid. This class is for people who work with young people, parents, or even if you are in high school. (We ask that you be at least a junior in High School in order to attend.) In this class you will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and psychosis. You will learn to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors. You will also learn what to do to help…

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