Depression and thoughts of suicide are very common. These are often kept private, for many reasons. This program was produced by Lansing Community College faculty, students and staff to increase suicide and depression awareness, to help destigmatize mental health challenges and to encourage people who are struggling to seek the help they deserve and need.
Please Stay: A Call for Depression and Suicide Awareness uses poetry, music, drama, dialogue and dance to explore the pain of mental health struggles, offer reflections and resources, and heed the very human call for help with compassion and support.
You are not alone. You are important. We need you – and all of us – to help each other, to please – stay.
Please Stay - Video Program
This video contains artistic expressions and frank discussions about depression and suicide. If you need help, please contact one of the resources listed below.
Anchored by the virtual choir performance of Jake Runestad’s song, “Please Stay,” the video runs about 30 minutes and features LCC singers, actors, dancers and musicians, guest artist Kisma Jordan, as well as an LCC counselor, a staff member and a student sharing their experiences. It is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between LCC Music, English, Dance, Theatre, Digital Media, Counseling Services, Media Services and the President’s Office, with support from a Star Day of Giving grant through the LCC Foundation.
If you are in crisis or immediate danger:
Community Mental Health
1-517-346-8460 or toll free 1-800-372-8460
Free, confidential, 24-hour crisis line serving Clinton, Eaton, & Ingham Counties.
Other resources if you or someone you know is considering suicide or self-harm:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support in the U.S.
The Trevor Project, Trevor Lifeline and Trevor Text
1-866-488-7386 for Trevor Lifeline
Text “START” to 678678 for TrevorText
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. The TrevorLifeline is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7.
TrevorSpace is an online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.
National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine
The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Fighting the epidemic of trans suicide and improving overall life-outcomes of trans people the Trans Lifeline facilitates justice-oriented, collective community aid. Their peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. Trans Lifeline is available daily from 7 a.m.–1 a.m. PST / 9 a.m.–3 a.m. CST / 10 a.m.–4 a.m. EST. Volunteers may be available during off hours.
Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255, press 1
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource available 24/7 to anyone, even if not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders are specially trained and experienced in helping veterans of all ages and circumstances, and many are veterans themselves.
LCC Counseling Services offers free, short-term counseling to currently enrolled LCC students
Center for Student Support
StarZone ~ Gannon Building
Lansing Community College