LIVE & West End Suicide Prevention

Developed by West End Suicide Prevention in 2019, LIVE encourages self-care and compassion in our communities. LIVE means to LOVE (yourself), INCLUDE (others), VALUE (life), and ENGAGE (community).

Anyone can struggle with thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for free, confidential, 24/7 support. Simply call or text these three numbers 988. You may also call 1-800-273-8255.

You have the power to make an impact. Reach out to others in your community, start a conversation with someone who is hurting. Practice LIVE by LOVING yourself, INCLUDING others, VALUING life and ENGAGING the community.

To join West End Suicide Prevention’s monthly meetings sign up for our email list. You will receive emails about upcoming meetings, along with information about suicide prevention in the U.P. You can also email or call (906) 523-9688.

A variety of LIVE materials are free to the community, such as bookmarks, informational cards (with signs of suicide and ways you can help), posters, fliers and stickers. Other items are available to use as prizes, such as phone wallets, slap bracelets and drawstring bags.
Email or call (906) 523-9688 to request materials. 

A number of suicide prevention courses are offered in the U.P. and they are often free. Click on GLRC’s Prevention Education page to learn more about these and other prevention courses.

Follow LIVE and West End Suicide Prevention on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

What does LIVE mean?

To love yourself means to accept who you are because there is only one you. You have a unique set of abilities that only you possess. To love yourself also means to take care of your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

To include others means to understand that we are all different and that is a good thing. Everyone has their own individual talents and by working together we can make our communities a place everyone feels accepted.


To value life means to believe you have a purpose that only you can fill. Part of this purpose is to help both yourself and others. To value life also means to help others find their significance.

To engage the community means to come together to make a positive difference in the lives of others. We make a difference by having open conversations to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. To engage also means to connect with others.

West End Suicide Prevention

West End Suicide Prevention (WESP) is a diverse group of individuals who work together to prevent suicide in the community. West Ends Suicide Prevention began as the Ishpeming Suicide Prevention Action Team in 2016, through a three-year partnership with the Marquette County Health Department.  The group quickly expanded to include neighboring communities and moved across the U.P. in 2020.  West End Suicide Prevention includes members from healthcare, law enforcement, schools, businesses, community members, non-profit organizations and others. The group meets monthly to discuss ways to reduce stigma in our community, such as promoting educational events, attending health fairs, and participating in community events.


Popular demand and funding from the Superior Health Foundation, allowed West End Suicide Prevention to introduce LIVE across the U.P. in 2020. West End Suicide Prevention partnered with many U.P. Communities that Care Coalitions to help spread the word about LIVE.


Upon request from Northern Michigan University students and staff, West End Suicide Prevention brought LIVE to NMU's campus in 2022.  A student group was officially formed and meets twice a month.  During the first meeting, the group focusing on how to bring LIVE and suicide prevention to campus, while at the second meeting they do activities, or 'LIVE Breaks' that help them carry out the meaning of LIVE — LOVE (yourself), INCLUDE (others), VALUE (life) and ENGAGE (community). If you are interested in being a part of #LIVE@NMU, please email

LIVE Art & Word Contest

The LIVE Art & Word Contest was introduced to high school students from across the U.P. in 2020 to showcase the talented youth we have and open conversations around mental health & suicide, which will help to break the stigma.


Help support the mission of LIVE by making an online contribution using this form, or send your donation directly to:
Great Lakes Recovery Centers Foundation
97 South Fourth Street, Suite C
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Community Partners

Thank you to all of the dedicated individuals that make up WESP's community partners. None of this would be possible without those that make WESP a diverse group that is able to learn from each other’s unique skill set and background.

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