Gerber Memorial Hospital

Spectrum Health adds free suicide prevention training to address mental health, wellbeing

Fremont, Mich., May 2, 2022 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial has added a free suicide prevention training that is open to all community members. A training in Twin Lake in June has been added to four sessions scheduled in Newaygo and Muskegon counties.

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.

  • Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Montague Library, 8778 Ferry Street # 2, Montague, MI 49437
  • 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

Spectrum Health has held two sessions, one each in Fremont and Newaygo, in March and April, respectively.

“Spectrum Health’s ‘Question, Persuade, Refer’ training is designed to empower anyone, anywhere, to have 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. “We encourage everyone in the community to sign up for this free training, especially as mental health and wellbeing continue to be concern in our communities, schools and workplaces. Spectrum Health’s ‘Question, Persuade, Refer’ training can make a real difference by engaging with compassion, raising awareness and offering hope.”

To register: 231.924.3073 or

People are at the heart of everything we do, and the inspiration for our long and continuing legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Our award-winning team improves health, inspires hope and saves lives across 13 counties in West Michigan. We bring together 11 hospitals—including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with expert care from 350+ pediatric specialists in 70+ specialties and programs—three rehabilitation and nursing centers, 120 outpatient sites and telehealth services. We are proud to work with 4,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, including Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest and most comprehensive multispecialty physician groups in West Michigan.

Azlan Ibrahim
Communications Manager
Office: 231.924.1264
Mobile: 616.227-1940