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


Proposed Bus Service Changes Would Affect Those Served At HealthWest

Proposed changes to the Muskegon Area Transit System would change bus service to multiple HealthWest facilities.

MATS is proposing to eliminate Route 20-Apple 1 and Route 45-Peck Sanford in an effort to cut costs.

Both routes provide service to the Mental Health Center and South Campus facilities. Route 45 provides service to Club Interactions. Those routes also have stops near Brinks and MCA. All facilities on those routes will continue to receive bus service, although at a reduced frequency if the cuts are approved.

The entire proposal can be viewed here. The MATS route map can be viewed here.

Public input is being sought on the proposed route cuts.

A 15-day public comment period will be held Feb. 1-15 regarding this proposal. During this period, interested persons may submit written comments (please include name and contact information) to or to: Muskegon Area Transit System Attn: Transit Systems Manager 2624 Sixth Street Muskegon Heights, MI 49444.

A public hearing will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, to gain input on these proposals. It is being held at the Muskegon Area Transit System offices, located at the Louis A. McMurray Conference and Transportation Center, 2624 Sixth Street, Muskegon Heights, MI 49444. 

Staff and individuals in service who would be affected by these cuts are encouraged to submit their input or attend the public hearing. The effects of this proposal would impact anyone who uses the MATS system to reach a HealthWest facility, not just those who live along the routes being cut.

If approved, the changes would be effective April 1. Updates will be provided to staff on the status of the proposal and what this means for individuals in service.