SRSLY Chelsea, MHAT partner for National Suicide Prevention Month



*SAMHSA (2020). Supporting a loved one dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorders.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and this year, SRSLY Chelsea and the Chelsea Hospital Mental Health Awareness and Training (MHAT) Program are partnering to offer suicide prevention training and tips on how to start the conversation around mental health topics.

“We know that starting the conversation about mental health is often the first step in getting help,” said Kate Yocum, the SRSLY Chelsea director. “This can be difficult, so we wanted to provide our communities with simple steps to make it a little easier.

SRSLY’s Starting the Conversation guide has been adapted from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and walks a person through approaching mental health conversation with someone they love.

In addition to the Starting the Conversation guide, the pair of organizations are working together to host Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), a suicide prevention training at the Chelsea Library on September 21st from 6-7pm. QPR is a one- hour training that teaches participants how to identify someone who may be considering suicide, and the steps needed to connect them to someone for help.

“Every person has the ability to be a source of positivity and hope in another’s life,” said Sarah Wilczynski, the MHAT Program Coordinator. “QPR teaches our community members how to be that source by providing them with tools they can use to help prevent suicide and save lives.”

To learn more about Starting the Conversation or the QPR Training session, visit To register for the QPR training email


About Chelsea Hospital

Chelsea Hospital is a not-for-profit joint venture hospital, whose partners are Trinity Health Michigan, a Catholic health care system, and Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan. Founded in 1970, SJMC is nationally recognized for both quality of care and patient satisfaction by national ranking organization Press Ganey, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. Chelsea Hospital employs more than 1,200 individuals with a medical staff of approximately 700 physicians. Key services include robust medical and surgical service lines, eight operating rooms, a 24-hour emergency department and senior emergency room, a state-of-the-art cancer center, a physical medicine and rehabilitation department, a comprehensive head pain treatment unit and behavioral health services. For additional information about Chelsea Hospital, please visit  

About SRSLY Chelsea

SRSLY Chelsea's mission is connecting as a community to support youth mental health and prevent youth substance use through action, education, and advocacy. SRSLY receives support from the Coghlan Family Foundation, Chelsea Hospital, and the Five Healthy Towns Foundation. For more information, visit or follow SRSLY on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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