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Suicide Prevention Resources

As highlighted in the Manchester Mirror, we complied an in-depth list of current suicide prevention resources in Manchester, MI.

SRSLY Manchester is a youth substance prevention coalition dedicated to promoting mental health awareness through advocacy, campaigns, and engaging, inclusive events for students in the community. While we do not directly provide mental health services, we hold bi-weekly student meetings that empower students to create, plan, and implement activities focused on substance prevention and mental health initiatives. Additionally, we offer weekly meetings for fifth and sixth graders to help develop leadership skills and healthy coping mechanisms.

We believe that by offering these opportunities, students can thrive in a safe space where they can express their authentic selves, have a voice in bridging gaps in their community, and provide support for their peers. By fostering protective factors and providing healthy coping mechanisms, we contribute to suicide prevention and the overall well-being of our students.

For more information on SRSLY Manchester or ways to be involved please visit or email Alex Duranczyk, SRSLY Manchester Coalition Director at

In addition to the work being done with SRSLY Manchester, Chelsea Hospital, our partner hospital in the community, was awarded the Mental Health and Awareness Training (MHAT) grant by SAMSHA in 2021 that works to provide support the community through trainings and resource sharing. The available trainings include:

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR): Participants learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to receive help. It is designed to provide practical skills for saving lives.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA): This program is specifically aimed at adults who interact with young people. It covers how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in youth.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA): Suitable for a general audience, this training provides the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants learn risk factors and warning signs, strategies for helping in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Teen Mental Health First Aid (TMHFA): This training is targeted at teens, equipping them with the knowledge to support their peers facing mental health challenges. It focuses on how to recognize mental health problems and provide initial help until appropriate adult or professional assistance is available.

These trainings are available to adults and teens who work with youth, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teens themselves. By offering these programs, Chelsea Hospital aims to foster a supportive community equipped with the skills to address mental health issues effectively.

For upcoming trainings and more mental health resources please email Sarah Wilczynksi, MHAT Program Coordinator at

Finally, Chelsea Hospital offers Behavioral Health Navigators who connect you with resources tailored to your individual needs, and help you develop a detailed plan of action. This valuable service is provided at no charge.

Behavioral Health Navigators can assist in finding therapists, psychiatrists, support groups, and other resources to address various challenges, including but not limited to:

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Suicidal thoughts

• Grief and loss

• Lack of social support

• Substance use

• Chronic pain

• Relationship Problems

• Finding help for friends or family including children

By utilizing this service, you can receive the support and guidance needed to effectively manage and overcome these challenges.

To connect with a Behavioral Health Navigator, contact:

Anna Webber, LMSW : Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 734-904-6937

Kathy Walz, LMSW, CPC: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 734-680-5312

County and Country wide important numbers to include in the article if you haven’t already:

Mental health support is available for anyone in Washtenaw County, you can call the CARES team 24/7 with any mental health questions or concerns at 734-544-3050.

If you or a love one need immediate support during a mental health crisis, please call or text 988 which is the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

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