Washtenaw County Suicide Prevention Town Hall
In response to a steady upward trend in suicides locally, a town hall was held on Feb. 7 to increase community awareness, promote prevention strategies and provide information on local resources.
Suicide attempts and suicide completions have increased in Washtenaw County, especially among young people 15-24 years old. 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.
Nearly 100 community members and health professionals attended a public town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Information regarding local resources was provided and mental and behavioral health experts were available to answer community questions about prevention. For more information on how to stay involved with suicide prevention in Washtenaw County, visit washtenawalive.org.
COMING SOON: written questions from the town hall will be answered by experts and posted on here soon.
Town hall panelists included:
- Dr. Cynthia Ewell Foster, Director, University Center for the Child and Family, Michigan Medicine
- Holly Heaviland, Executive Director of Community and School Partnerships, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
- John Kettley, Administrative Director, University of Michigan Psychiatry Emergency Services, Michigan Medicine
- Elizabeth Spring, Program Administrator, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health
- Adreanne Waller, Epidemiologist with Washtenaw County Public Health and Co-Founder/Member of the Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project
- Cathy Radovich, Washtenaw County Resident