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MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 269-373-6000 or 888-373-6200 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays.


If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing please contact our emergency services through the Michigan Relay Center by calling 7-1-1.


SUICIDE PREVENTION

For those struggling with suicidal thoughts, Kalamazoo’s Gryphon Place has a 24-hour, confidential hotline that has counselors on call to listen to callers and link them with local resources.

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Dial 2-1-1 for information and referral services and get connected to community resources, and dial 269-381-HELP (381-4357) for direct access to the local 24-hour counseling hotline.


VETERANS

If you are a Service member or Veteran in crisis or you’re concerned about one, there are specially trained responders ready to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


You can call the KCMHSAS Access line at 269-373-6000 or 888-373-6200 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays. 


Please makes sure to ask for EMH (Emergency Mental Health) specifically so you can get connected directly to Crisis Response Workers who can provide assistance in person along with caring follow-up contacts.


The Veterans Crisis Line connects Service members and Veterans in crisis, as well as their family members and friends, with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text-messaging service.


CALL 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to talk to someone (Deaf or Hard of Hearing? Click HERE)

TEXT 838255 to connect with a VA responder

CHAT confidentially online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat

FIND a VA facility near you

TAKE a self-check quiz at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Quiz

VISIT MilitaryCrisisLine.net if you are an active duty Service Member, Guardsman or Reservist

 

YOUTH

For youth or those with youth who need immediate attention, Family & Children Services offers a mobile crisis unit.

The agency’s 24-hour rapid response team can be reached at 269-373-6000 or 1-888-373-6200.

 

TRAINING

For those seeking advice on how to help, free Mental Health First Aid training classes are available through Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.


Classes target different at-risk populations such as teens and veterans. The MHFA training schedule can be found on kazoocmh.org.

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June is Pride Month

PRIDE


In the United States, June is recognized nationally as LGBTQ Pride month. This month calls for both recognition of LGBTQ history, and a celebration of queer community, culture, and identity. The roots of the American Gay Liberation Movement, and Pride are usually traced back to 1969, when patrons of a New York City bar fought back against a discriminatory police raid. 


On the night of June 28th, 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in Greenwich Village NYC. Instead of complying with the police, the patrons of Stonewall resisted and started a riot that would last for several days. Transgender people, LGBTQ people of color, and queer youth were a major part of these "riots" that protested the status quo of legal discrimination and persecution for LGBTQ Americans. One year after the Stonewall Riots, on June 28th 1970, the first Pride march was held in New York City. The LGBTQ community of NYC marched the 51 blocks from Christopher Street to Central Park and simultaneous Gay Pride marches were held in Los Angeles and Chicago. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and while many acts of resistance preceded them, this event would lead to the birth of the modern LGBTQ movement and remains a symbol of queer pride and liberation today.


Pride is not only a remembrance of the past, it is also a celebration of the present, and hope for the future; it is a commemoration of how far we’ve come, and recognition of how far we still have to go. The reality is that many of us are still fighting for our basic rights. LGBTQ Americans still face legal discrimination and violence for their sexuality or gender identity. Black transgender women are being murdered at an epidemic rate, LGBTQ youth face disproportionate levels of homelessness, and what legal protections do exist for LGBTQ Americans are being challenged across the country. In Michigan, the Civil Rights Commission voted that the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act included a ban on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, although former Attorney General Schuette opined against that finding, and current AG Nessel has yet to extend an opinion. Additionally, gay and transgender conversion therapy is still legal in Michigan despite its associated risk of increasing the odds of attempting suicide.


Pride month is a time for celebration, reflection, and action.


Below are links to infographics covering a brief timeline of LGBTQ history, LGBT youth homelessness, conversion therapy statistics, and transgender visibility. Click on a link to open the info graphic.


Conversion Therapy Statistics • LGBT Youth Homelessness Facts •
Pride Month Historical Timeline •
Transgender Visibility

 “It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” – Laverne Cox

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