Street Talk: Grant Offers Hope for Large-Scale Suicide Prevention
Hope Network, a state-wide Grand Rapids-based nonprofit organization that provides health care and life services to 23,000 people in more than 240 Michigan communities each year, will be able to ” Providing suicide prevention services to 150,000 people across the state after receiving a $ 1.4 million grant. .
Hope Network received the five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and plans to serve approximately 30,000 people each year as part of its Zero Suicide initiative.
Zero Suicide is a comprehensive approach to suicide care that aims to reduce the risk of suicide for all people seen in health care systems. Hope Network’s work will reach 28 Michigan counties with a focus on people aged 25 and over, paying special attention to vulnerable groups including veterans, the unemployed, people returning to communities after release from prison. and the homeless.
“This grant is a game-changer for Hope Network by allowing us to deliver this important service across the state,” said Phil Weaver, President and CEO of Hope Network. “Zero Suicide represents a commitment to patient safety which is the most fundamental responsibility of healthcare and to the safety and support of staff who treat and support suicidal patients. “
According to the Michigan Suicide Prevention Commission, suicide is the 10the-leading cause of death in Michigan.
In 2020, nearly 1,300 suicides were reported, meaning that on average, one person commits suicide every six hours statewide, according to the organization. Suicide rates have increased in Michigan and the United States over the past decade, and research has found that about half of people have a mental health diagnosis before they die by suicide, the commission said.
Hope Network will institute the Zero Suicide Principles for employees across all of its service lines in clinical and non-clinical programs. Screening and referral processes will be put in place to identify people at risk of suicide and develop a treatment plan.
The program also includes training for mental health, primary care and emergency room professionals on suicide prevention and other mental health practices. The Zero Suicide Initiative will include information from people who have attempted suicide or who have lost a family member to suicide.
Weaver said Hope Network hopes to reduce the number of suicide deaths among people 25 and older who are served by Hope Network by 50% in the program’s first year and hopes to reduce the number of suicide attempts by 50. % among the same. group.
“This grant and the Zero Suicide initiative are a logical next step in our commitment to provide comprehensive mental health services and will allow us to help those most vulnerable,” he said.
Solid as a rock
North Kent Connect is preparing to host an evening of music and entertainment to benefit families in North Kent County.
Tickets are now on sale for a fundraising concert to benefit North Kent Connect (NKC), the pantry and resource center that helps families in North Kent County meet their basic needs and their provides access to financial independence.
“North Kent Connect Rocks the Park” will take place starting at 5 pm on September 16 at Rogers Park in Sparta. Emceed by Sparta funny man Jeff “Spanky” Amlotte by Mamrelund Lutheran, the evening will feature local band Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys for a family concert.
A special performance of 12 local pastors appearing as “The Calendar Clergy”, inspired by the Neil Sedaka The song “Calendar Girl” will feature a fashion show, with each pastor appearing as a different month.
The calendar clergy includes the pastor Laurie TenHave-Chapman, Rockford First Congregational Church (January); Pastor Tim meendering, Rockford Reformed (February); Pastor Dennis moles, Bella Vista Church (March); Pastor Bill Flavin, River Rock Church (April); Pastor Ben taylor, Baptist of Sparta (May); Pastor Tyler hubbell, Church of Sparta of the Nazarene (June); Father Danny orris, Notre-Dame de la Consolation (July); Father Tony Pelak, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August); Pastor Inge Whittemore, East Nelson Church (September); Pastor Michael conklin, Lutheran Mamrelund (October); Pastor Kim DeLong, Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist (November); and pastor Karen Fitz The Barge, North Kent Presbyterian (December).
Tickets cost $ 20. Local food trucks and restaurants will be on hand to purchase food and drinks. People can bring a lawn chair or buy a sponsorship to use a picnic table.
Sponsorship opportunities and tickets can be purchased at nkconnect.org or by contacting Scott christie at [email protected] or (616) 866-3478, ext. 356.
Registration is at 5:00 p.m. for those who have pre-purchased tickets, and the program starts at 6:00 p.m.
Holland Hospital staff can look forward to additional income in the coming months from a new employment incentive program.
All employees will earn an additional $ 3 per hour on top of their regular pay until September. The program also applies to all newly hired employees, so job seekers have another reason to consider working for Holland Hospital.
“Our goal has always been to hire skilled and dedicated employees who are looking for a great place to work,” said Sandra trammel, vice-president of human resources. “This program is designed to recognize the exceptional work of our current staff and also encourage those seeking a new position or a positive work culture or considering a career change to consider joining our team.”
This summer, many people will join the workforce. Others may not be actively looking for a change of job, but may be open to discovering new opportunities.
“We welcome applications for full-time and part-time positions in clinical and support areas and have a new, fast-paced application process to make it easier to apply,” said Trammell.
To learn more about employment opportunities and benefits, visit hollandhospital.org/careers.