Helping those in conflict and crisis

Events

5th Annual Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk - September 29th, 2018

The Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk will be held during National Suicide Prevention Month on September 29, 2018 at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. This 5K-cause walk will raise awareness for suicide prevention, allow people to connect with each other, and provide critical funds for Gryphon Place - 100% of the community-raised dollars stay here in the community, supporting the local programs and services we offer. We will be there, supporting suicide prevention one step at a time, and would love for you to join us. 

Want to learn more, or register to walk? Click here!

Want to join our sponsors? Email jroberts@gryphon.org for sponsorship info!

Want to donate to Suicide Prevention Month? Click Here!

3rd Annual Messages of Hope Performance - September 20th

Gryphon Place and Speak It Forward / Kinetic Affect have partnered to bring you the 3rd annual "Messages of Hope" community performance. Kirk and Gabriel (https://kineticaffect.com/bios/) work with youth to mold their very own spoken word poetry about stories of overcoming personal struggles, challenges, and difficulties to be a symbol of hope that others who face hardship can overcome, too. 

We would be delighted for you to join us for this FREE, amazing, and powerful event! Reserve your seat here

Interested in your youth participating in Messages of Hope Workshops? Download the flyer here.

List of Workshops

Tuesday, August 21 at ASK Family Services, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Tuesday, September 4 at ASK Family Services, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Monday, September 10 at KPL Central, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday, September 15 at KPL Powell, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Monday, September 17 at KPL Central, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 

Dine to Donate - September 8th, 13th, & 21st

Gryphon Place will be collaborating with a few local restaurants during Suicide Prevention Month in an effort to raise funds for suicide prevention and awareness. A list of dates, times, and participating restaurants will be provided below for each fundraiser. 

Chipotle (West Main Location Only)

Chipotle will be having a dine to donate at their West Main location on Saturday, September 8th. The fundraiser will be from 4 PM - 8 PM. 50% of proceeds will be donated back to Gryphon Place for Suicide Prevention Month. Bring the flyer in or show it to the cashier on your phone. Download the flyer in English here, and in Spanish here

Blaze Pizza (West Main Location)

Blaze Pizza will be having a dine to donate at their West Main location on Thursday, September 13th. The fundraiser will be from 5 PM - 8 PM. 20% of proceeds from each meal will come back to Gryphon Place for Suicide Prevention Month. Bring the flyer in or show it to the cashier on your phone. Download the flyer here

Panera Bread (West Main Location)

Panera Bread will be having a dine to donate at their West Main Location on Friday, September 21st. The fundraiser will be from 4 PM - 8 PM. 20% of sales will come back to Gryphon Place in support of suicide prevention. Bring the flyer or show it on your phone to ensure that your contribution goes back to us. Download the flyer here

safeTALK Training - September 7th & 21st

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone age 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. 

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

This training is typically offered for a fee of $30.00, but is being offered free of charge for Suicide Prevention Month.
Don't miss out on your chance to attend this training for free! Register here

 

QPR (Question, Persuade, & Refer) Training - September 12th & 13th

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer is a training that focuses on teaching to people in the community to recognize someone at risk for suicide, be able to ask them the direct question, persuade them to get help, and refer them. Much like you learn the steps of CPR for someone in cardiac arrest, QPR are the steps for helping someone at risk for suicide. 

QPR training is usually offered at a fee of $30.00, but will be offered free of charge for Suicide Prevention Month.
Don't miss out on your opportunity to receive this training for free! Register here

 

Anytime Fitness Classes - September 15th & 22nd

Anytime Fitness will be holding two fitness classes in support of Suicide Prevention Month. The class on September 15th will be a stretch and core class, and the class on September 22nd will be a boot camp class. Each class will start at 9:00 AM, and they will both be held at Anytime Fitness on Stadium Drive. Your $5 drop-in fee will be due the day of the class and donated back to Gryphon Place!

Want to register for a class?
E-mail KalamazooMI@anytimefitness.com or call (269)365-9855 to reserve your spot.

Feel free to bring a friend, co-worker, or family along!

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - September 24th

In partnership with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, we are proud to present Youth Mental Health First Aid training during Suicide Prevention Month. This free class teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD) and eating disorders.

Questions? Contact Julie Helmer at jhelmer@kazoocmh.org or 269-364-6950.

This course is FREE and open to the community! Register here

 

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training - September 26th

In partnership with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, we are proud to present Adult Mental Health First Aid training during Suicide Prevention Month. In this free class, participants will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. The Adult MHFA course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

Questions? Contact Julie Helmer at jhelmer@kazoocmh.org or 269-364-6950.

This course is FREE and open to the community! Register here

 

Thank you to our Suicide Prevention Month sponsors!

Diamond Level Sponsors

Eaton Corporation

Platinum Level Sponsors

Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation 

Kalsee Credit Union 

Gold Level Sponsors

Bronson Healthcare Group

Getman Corporation 

Harding's Friendly Market

Honor Credit Union Foundation

Schupan & Sons

Stryker

Silver Level Sponsors 

Blackberry Systems

Borgess Ascension

Child & Family Psychological Services, P.C.

Founders Brewing Co.

Genemarkers

Imperial Beverage 

John Braganini Family Fund

Mercantile Bank of Michigan 

Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention

Millennium Events/Millennium Restaurant Group

Bronze Level Sponsors

AJM Manufacturing Sales

Beacon Specialized Living Services

Chemical Bank

Gaines Family

Garrison Family

Integrity Business Solutions

Jared Arnold Realtor

Langeland Family Funeral Homes

Lewis Reed & Allen PC

Mike & Sharon Seelye Family Foundation

Portage Pharmacy

Steensma Lawn & Power Equipment 

Trestlewood Counseling Group

Media Sponsors

Adams Outdoor Advertising

Public Media Network

Townsquare Media

Kalamazoo County Suicide Prevention Action Network Coalition Launch - October 9th

The Kalamazoo County Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) invites you to learn more about the local county suicide problem and prevention plan. Register here.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided as advisory board members explain the goals and objectives behind the county suicide prevention plan.

SPAN is made up of agents of change who drive and monitor the Kalamazoo Suicide Prevention Plan across the county. Our goal is to end suicide in our community. Please join us, and find out how you can get involved in this coalition.

5:00 - 5:30 pm Registration & Refreshments

5:30 - 6:30 pm Presentation & Questions

Advisory board members will be avaiable after the presentation for further one-on-one questions.

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