Not a Goodbye

Hello Suicide Prevention Warriors.

It has been a wonderful 3 years together. I can't believe how fast the past 3 years have gone by.

Over the past 3 years, we have participated in over 150 outreach events on campus and in the community, reaching over 26,000 individuals. Over 2000 individuals have been trained and educated on suicide prevention through our general suicide prevention training and workshop events on and off campus. Over 1200 individuals have been trained in Mental Health First Aid. Our messaging and marketing has reached over 400,000 individuals.

We formed a WSU student group, Warrior ; Suicide Prevention, which has 100 members. We've collaborated with over 150 groups at WSU and within the community.

We would not have been able to do all of this without the assistance of wonderful and dedicated individuals and groups. I would like to highlight some groups below.

WSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Campus Health Center for allowing us spaces to call home for the WSU Suicide Prevention Initiative.

The WSU School of Social Work for collaborating on the initiative and events/trainings.

Our project evaluation team of Caitlin Brown, Neva Nahan, Kendra Wells, and the research assistants who provided valuable time and input into evaluating our efforts.

The WSU College of Nursing for collaborating on the initiative and events/trainings.

DOSO for assisting with marketing, guidance, and events.

The WSU Public Health Program for collaborating with the initiative and allowing the initiative to be a practicum site for their wonderful students.

The WSU English Program for collaborating with the initiative and allowing their students to work with us for field placement.

Our Suicide Prevention Student Assistants, Rajan Varmon and Rouan Salim, who assisted us in running the initiative and navigating our pandemic work.

Our student volunteers who ran weekly events, assisted in trainings, and allowed us to have the presence on campus we had over the past 3 years.

The WSU Medical School for promoting Mental Health First Aid and the importance of mental health in the medical field.

The Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network who assisted us in the early moments of the WSU Suicide Prevention Initiative with Mental Health First Aid trainings.

American Indian Family Services who assisted us in trainings, events, and outreaches in the community.

Our Mental Health First Aid trainers on campus, Shantalea Johns, Ed.D., LMSW and Patricia Dixon LMSW ACSW.

Nami Warriors and Shelly Seguin, MA for support in promoting our work on campus and in the community

Katie Alfonsi who designed our WSU Suicide Prevention logo.

There are so many groups and individuals who assisted us with all our work. I am truly grateful for the all support everyone provided us during our work. I cannot express how much I have enjoyed working with everyone.

Looking forward, we will continue to promote suicide prevention, mental health resources, fight stigma of mental health, and advocate for mental health care.

When I became project coordinator / suicide prevention coordinator for the WSU Suicide Prevention Initiative in October 2017, I could not have imagined all we could have done together and the support from the WSU community and Metro Detroit Community to our work to promote suicide prevention. The experiences and privilege of being a part of this and working with you are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.

The WSU Suicide Prevention is still active however, our presence on campus may appear a little different as we navigate our work outside federal grant funding. We will continue to offer suicide prevention training and outreaches per request on and off campus. We are still providing Mental Health First Aid per request and will continue to provide this valuable training to the WSU community.

Our website, www.suicideprevention.wayne.edu and our social media accounts will still be active and the first stop for any updates from us. Our newsletter will still be active and provide monthly updates on events and training events.

It has been my pleasure managing this initiative and working with all of you. Take care and I look forward to when we will see it each on campus.


Stef Kastely, PHD, LPC

WSU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available for counseling services during campus closures due to COVID-19. Please visit the WSU CAPS website or call 313 577-3398 for details. As a reminder, a student experiencing a crisis outside of regular hours can call 313-577-9982.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:

Crisis Text Line:
Text HOME to 741741


Who are we?

Wayne State University was awarded a three-year, Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant worth $305,354. With this grant, the WSU Suicide Prevention Initiative will develop a program of education, training, and mental health and suicide prevention awareness for faculty, staff, students, families, and the community.

View the press release.

Feel free to browse the pages to the left to learn about mental health services available, information about depression and anxiety, and mental health tips to stay healthy this semester. Check back to sign up for mental health training and to learn more about what we are doing for Wayne State. 

Become a Suicide Prevention Warrior and subscribe here to our monthly newsletter about events, training, and mental health tips on campus.


Stephanie Kastely PHD, LPC

WSU Suicide Prevention Coordinator 



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