Washtenaw Alive - Suicide Prevention

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Washtenaw Alive is the suicide prevention planning collaborative of Washtenaw County. Facilitated by Washtenaw County Public Health Department, members from around the county have come together to build and implement the Washtenaw County Suicide Prevention Plan


Washtenaw Alive membership is made up of individual citizens and staff members from various organizations around the county that are working together to help make Washtenaw County a suicide safer community!

Here to help you: 


Michigan is sponsored by Washtenaw Alive, which is a suicide prevention task force based in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Help us make Michigan a suicide safer state!


Need help now?

Support and resources for youth and those who care about youth are available any time - day or night - at (734) 662-2222 


The Veterans Administration Crisis Line

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U of M Psychiatric Emergency Services

Crisis phone service: 734-936-5900
24 hours / 7 days

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) provides emergency/urgent walk-in evaluation and crisis phone services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people of all ages.

Youth Outreach Coalition


Community Support and Treatment Services



  • Washtenaw Community Health Organization - Call 734-544-3050 to reach the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health 24-hour hotline

     Washtenaw Alive Brochure

    Washtenaw Alive Resource List


    Critical Incident Stress Management

    Critical incident stress management (CISM) is a short-term psychological helping process that focuses solely on an immediate and identifiable problem. In Washtenaw County, there are two teams that use CISM principles to assist people dealing with traumatic events.

    • The CISM team is comprised of first responders (people whose job it is to respond to traumatic incidents on a regular basis).
    • TERN stands for Traumatic Events Response Network. The TERN team is a group of trained, mostly volunteer human services and mental health professionals. TERN provides early crisis intervention services to traumatized people or groups in community settings (neighborhoods, schools, work places, etc.) throughout Washtenaw County.

    To request a CISM or TERN response, call Washtenaw Metro Dispatch at 734-994-2911. The operator will contact the on-call person and have them call you back.

    For more information

    Anne Daws-Lazar is the Critical Incident Debriefing Coordinator within the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Division. She can be reached at 734-794-2141 or by email at dawsa@ewashtenaw.org.


    Washtenaw Alive, with funds from the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant, is delivering several community presentations around the county titled “Let’s Talk About Preventing Youth Suicide.” Help make Washtenaw County a suicide safer community! Get involved!

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