KALAMAZOO, MI: September is National Suicide Prevention Month. As a preventable cause of death, suicide is one of the biggest public health issues we face today and is the 2nd leading cause of death for Americans ages 10-34, and the 12th overall leading cause of death.

Resilience and recovery is possible, and prevention works. There are resources available to help those in crisis find the support they need. Gryphon Place, a local nonprofit, has been helping those in conflict and crisis since 1970 and is nationally accredited and a local leader in suicide prevention services. During September, Gryphon Place is offering several opportunities to support and educate the community on suicide prevention. The events include:

  • all month: round-up your purchase at Harding’s Market
  • Sept 4-10: book fair at This is a bookstore & Bookbug
  • Sept 7: safeTALK training
  • Sept 12: Trivia Night at Shakespeare’s Pub
  • Sept 14: Adult Mental Health First Aid
  • Sept 16-30: Pampered Chef Fundraiser
  • Sept 24: Suicide Prevention Walk
  • Sept 28: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Suicide is preventable, and knowing the warning signs and resources to help someone in crisis can save a life.

Some warning signs from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center include:

  • Talking about death or dying
  • Looking for ways to kill themselves
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Some ways you can help someone in crisis:

  • Listen to what the person is saying, be sympathetic and nonjudgmental
  • Ask if they have had thoughts of suicide and take the person seriously
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • If a suicide attempt seems imminent, call your local crisis line (269-381-HELP)

In need of immediate help or resources?

  • Dial 2-1-1 for access to local mental health services and resources
  • Call 381-HELP (or 988, national) to talk to a crisis worker
  • Visit gryphon.org for resources and more information

Registration and more information on all events can be found on Gryphon Place’s website at www.gryphon.org/event. Gryphon Place provides suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention services. Program information is also available at www.gryphon.org.

For immediate emotional support and crisis intervention dial the 24/7 helpline, 269-381-HELP (4357). Save this number, you might save a life.

Gryphon Place helps people navigate conflict and crisis, foster resiliency, restore community, and support healing. Our goal is to be a trusted ally when addressing life’s challenges.

Media resources for covering suicide in the news can be found here: http://reportingonsuicide.org/

Questions or requests may be directed to Sarah Mead, Marketing Manager, at smead@gryphon.org.