Behavioral Health, Community, Healthier Communities, Gerber Memorial Hospital

Spectrum Health adds free suicide prevention training to address mental health, well-being

Fremont, Mich., June 10, 2022 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial has scheduled additional suicide prevention trainings, open to all community members.

Spectrum Health’s certified trainers will lead the free “Question, Persuade, Refer” training. QPR training is designed to increase the ability to identify people with suicidal thoughts or behaviors and intervene to save a life. The QPR training will teach participants how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope and get help to save a life.

In addition to sessions already scheduled for June in Grant and Twin Lake, additional trainings are now scheduled for August, September and November in Newaygo and Muskegon counties.

The updated list of training sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 14, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Grant District Library, 122 S. Elder Avenue, Grant, MI 49327
  • Wednesday, June 29, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Dalton Branch Library of MADL, 3175 5th Street, Twin Lake MI 49457
  • Thursday, Aug. 11, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Tamarac, 1401 W Main St, Fremont, MI 49412
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Holton Branch Library of the Muskegon Area District Library, 8776 Holton-Duck Lake Rd., Holton, MI 49425
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: North Muskegon Walker Memorial Library of MADL, 1522 Ruddiman Dr, North Muskegon, MI 49445

Previously, Spectrum Health has held free QPR trainings in Fremont, Newaygo and Montague.

“Spectrum Health is pleased to offer additional ‘Question, Persuade, Refer’ training sessions to help empower anyone, anywhere, with the tools and knowledge that can help spot individuals in trouble and engage them in ways that can potentially save lives,” said Jena Zeerip, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial community education manager. “Spectrum Health is proud to partner with our local communities so we can address a health need that’s on everyone’s minds, and that’s mental and behavioral health and well-being. Spectrum Health’s ‘Question, Persuade, Refer’ trainings can make a real difference by engaging with compassion, raising awareness and offering hope.”

To register: 231.924.3073 or

About Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,500 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 155 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Azlan Ibrahim
Communications Manager
Office: 231.924.1264
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