LIVE was developed by West End Suicide Prevention, a diverse group of individuals with the common goal of reducing suicides.

LIVE encourages self-care and compassion in our communities. LIVE means to LOVE (yourself), INCLUDE (others), VALUE (life), and ENGAGE (community).

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.


LIVE in the 906
LIVE was introduced to the west end of Marquette County in the Fall of 2019.  Individuals and organizations from around the UP asked for LIVE to come to them.  So West End Suicide Prevention partnered with many UP Communities that Care coalitions and LIVE began making it’s way around the UP 2020. #LIVE906
Communities that Care Collaboration


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Anyone can struggle with thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free, confidential, 24/7 support at 1-800-273-8255.


Students and staff at Northern Michigan University asked West End Suicide Prevention to bring LIVE to campus.  So #LIVENMU was created in the fall of 2022 and a group is bring formed on campus.  If you are interested in being a part of this group, please email

West End Suicide Prevention

West End Suicide Prevention (WESP) is a diverse group of individuals from the west end of Marquette County who work to prevent suicide in the community. West End Suicide Prevention includes members from healthcare, law enforcement, schools, businesses, community members, non-profit organizations and others. We meet monthly to discuss ways to reduce stigma in our community, such as promoting educational events, attending health fairs, and participating in community events.

How To Get involved
There are many ways that you can get involved with suicide prevention in our community. You can attend WESP meetings — sign up below to be added to our email list. You can distribute suicide prevention materials around the area. Or you can attend one of the many suicide prevention courses in the community, many of which are free. You can put a LIVE yard sign or window decal at your home or place of business. You can carry the LIVE folded business cards with you and give to someone who you think might benefit from it. You can Like us on Facebook and Instagram and Share our posts. You can start a conversation with someone who is hurting. You can practice LIVE by LOVING yourself, INCLUDING others, VALUING life and ENGAGING the community.
You can make your online contribution below, or send your donation directly to:
Great Lakes Recovery Centers Foundation
97 South Fourth Street, Suite C
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Community Partners
A very special thank you goes out to all of the dedicated individuals that make WESP such an extraordinary group! None of this would be possible without you! We are a very diverse group that is able to learn from each other’s unique skill set and background.