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4th Annual Suicide Prevention Walk -September 9th, 2017

****Online registration for the 4th Annual Suicide Prevention Walk will close at noon on September 8th.

You will still be able to register the morning of the walk at 8 am in Bronson Park.


The Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk will be held during National Suicide Prevention Week on September 9, 2017 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 to support the essential programs 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 for sponsorship info!

Want to donate to Suicide Prevention Month? Click Here!

"Messages Of Hope" Community Performance-  September 28th, 2017

Gryphon Place & Speak It Forward/Kinetic Affect have partnered to bring you the 2nd annual "Messages of Hope" youth workshops and community performance. Kirk and Gabriel ( will work with youth to craft their own spoken word poetry stories of overcoming challenges, struggles and issues to be a symbol of hope that others who struggle can overcome, too.

Speak It Forward and Gryphon Place

Gryphon Place connects with people to assist in resolving conflict, crisis, and meeting life challenges.  'The Gatekeeper Program' of Gryphon Place, a youth suicide prevention educational curriculum, focuses on helping kids make safe choices through awareness and education, use of positive copings skills and help-seeking. Speak It Forward Inc. is dedicated to transforming lives of youth by using spoken word poetry as a vehicle to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, break down barriers, and instill a sense of empowerment and community. During September, National Suicide Prevention Month, and through the Messages of Hope workshops and performance, these organizations will collaborate to inspire and empower youth who are experiencing life and all its developmental challenges

Date: September 28th, 2017

Location: Cityscape | Downtown Kalamazoo 

Time: 6:00 PM

Cost: Free 

Register here!


Interested in enrolling your youth to perform in this workshop? Download an informational handout and premission slip here

ASIST Training -September 19th & 20th 

Attend the award-winning ASIST workshop and learn to:   

  • Recognize people at risk of suicide  
  • Talk, listen, and understand the situations  
  • Help people stay safe with a life affirming intervention
  • For more information, click here.

Join us September 19th & 20th from 8:00 - 4:30 P.M. 

Registration is $30.00 per person with lunch and snacks included.

Register here today!


Mental Health First Aid -September 22nd & 25th, 2017

Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services invite you to attend Mental Health First Aid 8-hour certification training.  

Adult Mental Health First Aid is appropriate for anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. This training is held on September 25th from 8:15 am-4:30 pm with lunch included.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach 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 addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. This training is held on September 22nd from 8:15 am -4:30 pm with lunch included.


Registration is through KCMH.

Click Here to download the training registration form.  Complete the registration form and email it to their Training Department by Clicking Here .  


Yoga at The Fitness Spot -September 13

Please join us at The Fitness Spot for yoga on September 13th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Unwind and decompress in this all levels yoga class to support Gryphon Place and Suicide Prevention Month.  Gentle techniques will be used to stretch, strengthen, and build your balance plus help reduce anxiety and depression.  Yoga Teacher Jim Pero has over 13 years experience teaching yoga and will make sure your experience is fun and enjoyable.  Check out for more information.

Please click here to register as space is limited.

Fun Fact: The Fitness Spot location was previously home to Gryphon Place for 40 years!! We are so grateful to have the chance to go back and visit their beautiful building in order to partner and promote community health and wellness during Suicide Prevention Month in September. 








Thank you to our Suicide Prevention Month sponsors!

Diamond Level Sponsor: Eaton Corporation

Platinum Level Sponsors: Kalsee Credit Union, Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation, Tyler Little Family Foundation  

Gold Level Sponsors: Bronson Healthcare, Harding's Friendly Markets, Modern Woodmen Financial, Schupan & Sons, Inc., Stryker Corproation

Silver Level Sponsors: Borgess/Ascension, Consumers Credit Union, Child & Family Psychological Services, Founders Brewing Co., Genemarkers, Getman Corporation, Imperial Beverage, Kellogg Community Credit Union, Milennium Group, Mercantile Bank, St. Julian Wine Co, Inc., Townsquare Media

Bronze Level Sponsors: Bennett Management Corp, Chemical Bank, Jared Arnold Realtor, John MacKenzie, Lewis Reed & Allen, PC, Mike & Sharon Seelye Family Foundation, Portage Pharmacy, Raphelson Family, Steensma Lawn & Power Equipment, Trestlewood Counseling Group

 Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business.



This year, Gryphon Place partnered with Imperial Beverage, Founders Brewing, and Harding's Friendly Markets to support suicide prevention.


In Harding's stores you will find PSA's on Founders products supporting our local crisis line, 269-381-HELP.