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


Student Support Summit Comes to Muskegon County-Answering The Silent Cry

Trauma, trauma informed care, resilience, the first 48 hours after a traumatic event in a school, and suicide prevention with youth are just a few of the topics that will be covered at the Student Support Summit.


This event will be held in Montague, Michigan on November 7, 2016.  Featured speakers include Adam Swanson from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center in Washington DC and Pat Smith who is the Coordinator of Michigan’s Violence Prevention Program.



Adam Swanson & Pat Smith

Adam Swanson & Pat Smith


The conference came about after we in Muskegon County saw an increase in deaths by suicide.  And most notably the deaths of young people by suicide.  We quickly learned that we were not alone in this concern.  This along with our community partner’s work with Adverse Childhood Experiences lent itself to the perfect opportunity to change our health outcomes; both physical health and mental health.


The cost is $25 and includes lunch as well as certification in QPR if you choose to attend that session.  This is open to school staff, youth serving agency staff, clergy, law enforcement, and the public.


Three group presentations are:

  • Building a Resilient Community Together – Julia Rupp & Lauren Meldrum from HealthWest.
  • Suicide Safer Communities – Adam Swanson, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, & Pat Smith, Violence Prevention Resource Center, Michigan DHHS.
  • The Next Steps – Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child; Coordinating Care Through Strong Partnerships, Programs, and People – Leadership teams from Pine Rest & Forest View Hospitals, Muskegon ISD, HealthWest, and Montague Public Schools

Included in the day are eight breakout sessions.  Each presented twice so that you can attend at least two.  Topics covered will include:

  • Responding to a trauma
  • Resilience
  • Coordinating Care
  • The First 48 Hours After a Trauma/Crisis
  • Suicide Prevention with Young People
  • Understanding Risky Behavior in Young People
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions
  • and more…


More detailed information can be found by clicking here:

Seats are very limited so please register today!  Register by clicking here: