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.
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.


Upcoming Winter Events

Snowman Building Contest

Enter the 2021 LIVE Snowman Building contest for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. Find the Official Rules here, then simply go outside, build a snowman and email a picture of your snowman to wesp@glrc.org by February 1st.

Snowman Contest Poster

Silent Snow Sports for Suicide Prevention

Join us the week of February 7th by participating in any silent (non-motorized) outdoor, winter activity. Silent Snow Sports for Suicide Prevention will bring an overall awareness to suicide and mental health concerns and it will have a positive effect on the physical and mental health of participants. The event encourages people to get outside and participate in aerobic activities, such as skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, snow biking or hiking during our long winter. All proceeds will benefit West End Suicide Prevention (WESP) and the LIVE Campaign. Register online at runsignup.com/Race/MI/Ishpeming/WESP.

Silent Sports for Suicide Prevention Poster

The LIVE Campaign
The LIVE Campaign is a positive mental health campaign to encourage self-care and compassion in our communities.

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.

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.
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.



Jason Chapman
Mary Franczek
UPHS - EMS Services
UPHS - Pediatrics
West End Fire and EMS Departments
Ishpeming Police Department


Community Funders
Marquette County Health Department
Community Foundation of Marquette County
TruNorth Federal Credit Union
Rotary Club of Ishpeming
Auto Value of West Ishpeming
Steward Sheridan
Kiwanis Club of Ishpeming
United Steel Workers Union No. 4950
Ishpeming Lions Club
Snyders Drug Stores
U.P. Home Health and Hospice
Pioneer Kiwanis Club of Greater Ishpeming
Bethel Lutheran Church Women
Marquette County Suicide Prevention Alliance
Marquette County Steelworkers Coalition

Special thanks to TV6 & Fox UP for creating the LIVE commercial. Thanks to our local printers including: Globe Printing, Loyal T's, Signs Now and Superior Design. And thanks to Border Grill and Venice Supper Club for donating certificates to be used for the LIVE campaign.