About

WMU's Suicide Prevention Program does not provide counseling services. If you are thinking about suicide or hurting yourself, or if someone you know is seriously thinking about suicide, please seek help. Mondays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. call Counseling Services at (269) 387-1850. After hours, call (800) 273-TALK (8255). This National Suicide Prevention hotline is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week and is answered locally.

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Presentations

Western Michigan University's Campuswide Suicide Prevention Program offers many opportunities for you to gain awareness about the prevalence and impact of suicide, and learn how you may be able to prevent suicide.

Visiting Scholar Jack Klott, Feb. 13

Jack Klott will visit WMU on Feb. 13 and meet with members of WMU’s senior leadership team and deans, faculty, staff and the campus community. Klott is the founder and director of Suicide Prevention Consultants in Grand Rapids, which serves high-risk clients vulnerable to treatment resistance, non-compliance and multiple relapse behavior. Two public programs are open to all.

Resilience building

Resilience Building Workshop, Feb. 28, 2012

Connectedness building

Connectedness Building Workshop, Feb. 27, 2013

Reading list

We've compiled a reading list to use that supports the themes of resilience and connectedness shared at these workshops.

Poem

A New Day (My Testimony)
Ms. Regina Stone

Beat meets sound word meets rhyme music meets lyrics
Lost
Life unfolds
Paths divide into paths
Divide into roads
Misplaced
Where to go
Roads curve to mold
Accept that God knows
Where they fork
His blessings still flow
So take good notes and ride slow
 
Foresight tougher than hindsight
Energy provides insight into his sight
Whose sight sees
My plight
Showing my light
Welcoming
And bright
While I fight
Standing for what’s right
Seeking enlightenment
Through that element
Significant in another
Vision so intricate
Connection explicit
Though very delicate
My persona so elegant
Judgment of others irrelevant
 
Acknowledgement
A Holistic view
philosophizing
Analyzing
In depth who’s what to who
my meaning to you Whether the answer is true
Sharing a connection with few
Unfamiliar and new
Asking what do I do?
 
Striving to avoid stress
able to impress
Same time express
My thoughts through my mess
Not seem helpless
Nor hopeless
I obsess
Because I feel oppressed
And suppressed
In Michigan so racist and sexist
None the less
The entire US
 
I continue to fight tough
Speak rough
is that enough
Of a bluff
To stay up
When feeling weighed down
After being laid down
Refusing to stay down
Down by lack of understanding
Down by peoples demanding
Down by niggas rough handling
Demeaning
Not seeing
My meaning
Or supporting
My being
Down
Down
Beaten down
Down
Broken down
Down
Deep and down
Down but not dominated Down but not diminished
Down but not out
 
Love conquers fear
Fear feeds fury
Annihilated by discovery
Crucial in my recovery
Put no one above Thee
As I bow down on one knee
To see that God truly has me
He knows me
Freed me and showed me
There is only one me
Sounds of His pride echo
Unmistakably
unshakably
Taking me
To find the new me
His me
The true me
Truly Free
That’s Me
 
Through me
Life rises passionately
Setting in creation
A new day!!!