Welcome to Our Website
MASP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We started over 25 years ago as the Michigan Association of Suicidology (MAS),
the Michigan chapter of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).
Our Mission Statement
We aim to:
- Reduce the number of suicides and attempts in the state by offering intervention training and supporting prevention plans,
- Promote postvention (that is, support for people who have lost loved ones to suicide), and
- Reduce the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness.
We promote education, training, research and community awareness. We also maintain alliances with
other state and national organizations and endorse the implementation of Michigan's suicide prevention plan. We do not provide crisis counseling.
- Over 41,000 Americans (including 1,100 in Michigan) die by suicide each year.
- According to current estimates, there are 12 attempts for every death.
- Suicide is the tenth cause of death in the United States overall, but the second leading cause among young people aged 15 through 34 years old.
- Each death by suicide leaves behind an estimated 6-10 survivors or as many as 410,000 in the U.S. (including 11,000 in Michigan) every year.
- Surviving family and friends not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, but are at higher risk themselves
of attempting it and developing other emotional problems.
- Most suicidal people desperately want to live, but can't see alternative solutions to their problems.
Suicide is preventable - see our list of warning signs - and mental illness is treatable.
How can you help?
- Become a MASP member
- Make a charitable monetary donation
- Attend our meetings and events.
- Visit our website and Facebook page regularly.