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Suicide Prevention Resources

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Learn about local resources and share prevention messages with your communities.


Suicide attempts and suicide completions, especially among young people, are of growing concern in Washtenaw County. Washtenaw County Public Health, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and other community agencies and partners are working together to monitor and address both suicide attempts and completions with the goal of reversing this trend in Washtenaw County.  

See the Suicide Prevention Month Social Media Toolkit below to share prevention messages

Earlier this year, Washtenaw County Public Health and community partners held a town hall to address these concerns. At the town hall, which was attended by nearly 100 community members and health professionals, mental and behavioral health experts provided information regarding local resources and answered community questions about prevention. 

Parent Support Group

Budding from discussions at the town hall, a new support group for parents of children with suicidal thoughts and behaviors has been created. 

The support group will be held the first and third Mondays of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm, beginning Monday, Aug. 21. It will take place at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Building at 1819 South Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, 48103.

Parents or guardians of children who are currently exhibiting, or who have exhibited in the recent past, suicidal thoughts or behaviors are invited to register for the free support group. To register, contact Alison Paine of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at alisonpaine21@hotmail.com.

This new support group will be led by trained NAMI volunteers, and is a collaborative effort with NAMI Washtenaw County, Washtenaw County Public Health, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, University of Michigan Depression Center, and Washtenaw ISD.

Family Crisis Center of Washtenaw also offers a Parent Empowerment Café to help parents with children who may be at risk of suicidality begin a dialogue with other parents wtih common experiences and concerns. 

Suicide Completions by Age Group graph through July 2017 and prevention messages


Suicide Prevention Month Social Media Toolkit

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Washtenaw Alive and Washtenaw County Public Health partnered to create a social media toolkit as a resource for partner organizations and community members to spread suicide prevention messaging during National Suicide Prevention Month and throughout the year.

The toolkit focuses on local resources and simple suicide prevention steps that anyone can take. You can view and download the social media graphics for the toolkit by clicking the images below.

 
Additional Resources

Washtenaw Alive, a suicide prevention planning collaborative of Washtenaw County facilitated by Washtenaw County Public Health, has put together a list of suicide prevention resources in Washtenaw County. Find the list here.

Help for Individuals or Families in Crisis

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Community Mental Health also provides support 24/7 for individuals in crisis, call 734-544-3050. If your need is life threatening, call 911.

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