Any suicidal thought is a risk. Help is always available. HealthWest's 24/7 crisis line is (231) 722-HELP. Anyone with a mental health concern can also walk into our offices at 376 E. Apple Ave., during business hours for an assessment. If there is an immediate fear of death or injury, please call 911.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line:
Text Home to 741741

Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
(888) 628-9454

LGBTQ Youth Hotline
(866) 488-7386

Suicide Hotline for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
(800) 799-4889


Mask Up Muskegon campaign working to get masks to Muskegon County residents in need, promote COVID-19 safety

Multiple community organizations are teaming up to get masks to Muskegon County residents in need and emphasize the continued need for residents to take protective measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19.


The Mask Up Muskegon campaign, organized by the Community Health Innovation Region, Public Health – Muskegon County, and HealthWest, is working to connect mask makers with residents who do not have access to protective face coverings and educate area residents on the importance of continued safety precautions.


“It is extremely important that we continue to take preventative measures, such as wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing, as the economy begins to reopen and residents take advantage of Muskegon County’s unrivaled summertime fun,” said Muskegon County Public Health Officer Kathy Moore. “By taking these steps now, we can work to limit the potential devastation from a second wave of COVID-19.”


Face coverings limit airborne droplets that can spread the coronavirus. Using face coverings in conjunction with physical distancing can help slow the spread of COVID-19.


The face coverings are being donated by local sewists and will be distributed at spots throughout the community.


As part of the campaign, more than 200 face coverings will be provided to the Muskegon Area Transit System to distribute at no cost to riders who do not have masks. The distribution, which will be the first of the campaign, will begin June 1 and will continue while supplies last.


“Residents across Muskegon County rely on MATS buses to get to work, medical appointments, and grocery stores,” said Transit System Manager James Koens. “We’ve taken multiple steps to ensure the safety of our riders and employees, and we are excited to be able to help keep the community safe even after they get off the bus.”


Any sewists wishing to donate homemade face coverings can drop them off at HealthWest, 376 E. Apple Ave., or contact to schedule a pickup. They will then be individually bagged with wear and care instructions to help residents understand how to use them correctly.


“Face coverings are only effective if used correctly,” said HealthWest Executive Director Julia Rupp. “This campaign will help make sure people have access to masks and the information they need to use them safely.”


Important Face Covering Info

  • Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms.
  • Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public.
  • Don’tput the covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
  • Don’ttouch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands.
  • Wash your face covering regularly.
  • Continue to practice 6-foot physical distancing.