Walk, learn, listen and watch: September is National Suicide Prevention Month- here are 4 things you can do locally to reach out and help reduce the risk.


  • 1

    Suicide Prevention Walk

    • Date: September 9, 2017
    • Location: Bronson Park, downtown Kalamazoo
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. registration/ 9 a.m. walk
    • Cost: $30 per person

    This 5K-cause walk will raise awareness for suicide prevention, allow people to connect with each other, and provide critical funds for Gryphon Place to support the essential programs they offer

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  • 2

    "Messages of Hope"

    • Date: September 28, 2017
    • Location: Cityscape, downtown Kalamazoo
    • Time: 6:00 p.m.
    • Cost: Free

    Speak it Forward, an arm of the poetry slam/live performance group Kinetic Affect will offer workshops and perform on September 28.

    Cost is free but tickets may be required.

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  • 3

    Special Training

    ASSIST training will teach how to recognize people at risk of suicide and instruct how to talk, listen, understand and intervene in a life-affirming way.

    Mental Health First Aid offers training on how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem.

    (There may be fees for these classes.)

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  • 4

    Yoga at the Fitness Spot

    • Date: September 13, 2017
    • Location: The Fitness Spot, 1104 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo
    • Time: 7:00 p.m.
    • Cost: Free

    Relax and unwind with an introductory yoga class. This is another free event, but reservations are suggested.

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