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Spectrum Health offers four free suicide prevention trainings to address mental health, wellbeing

February 25, 2022

Fremont, Mich., Feb. 17, 2022 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is offering four free suicide prevention trainings open to all community members. Three sessions are in Newaygo County and one is in Muskegon County.

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.

  • Thursday, March 3, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Fremont Area District Library (main community room), 104 E. Main Street, Fremont, MI 49412
  • Tuesday, April 19, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: The Stream in Newaygo (2nd floor), 1 State Road, Newaygo, MI 49337
  • Wednesday, May 4, 6 p.m. – 7:30 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

“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, call 231.924.3073 or email

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