Helping those in conflict and crisis

The 24-hour HELP-Line 269-381-HELP or (269-381-4357)

Call 381-4357 if you are experiencing a crisis!

Please note that information on this site is to be used for educational purposes only. It should not be substitutes for seeking professional help. We do not provide crisis intervention via e-mail.

If you or someone you know is suicidal now, call (269)-381-4357 (in Kalamazoo, Allegan, Van Buren, Berrien or Cass counties) or your local crisis center. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, or click here.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide PreventionGryphon Place provides an integrated approach in order to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviors. Our Comprehensive Services are modeled after the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, and range from broad community and school education to customized training and targeted interventions. We support help-seeking behaviors in all settings including the family, schools and the general community.

Our Prevention Program:

  • Supports public information campaigns that reduce the stigma of suicide;
  • Promotes awareness of risk factors and warning signs of suicide (Risk Factors and Warning Signs);
  • Provides extensive training in Gatekeeper Skills of "identifying, asking, and referring;
  • Encourages the treatment of mental and substance abuse disorders.

The Gatekeeper Program

The Gatekeeper Program is a program that reaches out to middle school and high school students and teaches them suicide prevention skills and immediately connects at-risk youth to lifesaving services and professional help. The program was established in 1988 and in 2007 was added to the Best Practices Registry (BPR). The curriculum adheres to current standers in the field of suicide prevention as determined by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The curriculum is presented annually to approximately 4,000 students in the 7th and 9th grade.

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Community-Based Programming  

Gryphon Place offers customized workshops, trainings and materials on suicide prevention that are available to non-profits, community groups, and businesses. The 24/7 HELP-Line provides Nationally Accredited Crisis Intervention as a part of the comprehensive strategy.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

The stress that people feel after a tragedy or traumatic events can be overwhelming. Without care and counseling, these events can foster thoughts of suicide among the affected. When such a traumatic event occurs, Gryphon place is ready to dispatch Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Teams using trained volunteers from the community. Teams quickly respond to groups that have been impacted by a traumatic event, helping them to process their reactions and educating them on stress symptoms. We have helped people after a traumatic event in all types of settings including schools, businesses, hospitals, neighborhoods, police and fire departments. We debrief community groups as well as first responders.

Our staff and volunteers have been trained using the nationally recognized Mitchell Model. We know that when persons, using this model, are given the opportunity to voluntarily discuss reactions to a traumatic occurrence and are given information on coping with stress reaction, they more quickly return to normal functioning.

For groups in Southwest Michigan can request a debriefing, just dial 2-1-1. There is no fee for this service; donations are appreciated.

Support Group for Survivors of Suicide (SOS)

Gryphon Place provides monthly support group meetings for survivors of suicide. These meetings are confidential, free and open to anyone who has lost a friend or loved one to suicide. Before attending the support group for the first time, dial (269) 381-HELP(4357) in Kalamazoo County.

For information about issues facing survivors, click here

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