Saving Lives: Preventing Youth Suicide
Kevin’s Song presents… ‘Surviving Suicide Loss: A Journey of Healing and Hope with Barb Smith’
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Barb Smith is founder and Executive Director of the Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Network recognized at the state and national level for its work in training individuals in suicide prevention and the role played in aftercare for those who have been impacted by suicide.
In this 90-minute guided discussion as a part of the Kevin’s Song Conference, Barb Smith talks with a panel of survivors of suicide loss. The panelists shared their stories, discussed dealing with loss at its various stages and provided information on various available resources.
About Saving Lives
Suicide in this nation is reaching epidemic proportions. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide affects people of all ages. But in Michigan, there has been an alarming 33 percent increase in death by suicide in the past 20 years among young people between the ages of 10 and 24. Yet, Michigan remains one of only 17 states without mandated teaching training in suicide prevention.
Something needs to be done. And Detroit Public TV – in collaboration with the Children’s Foundation and Kevin’s Song – launched an initiative to bring attention to this urgent issue and to rally support among those in the lives of youth to battle this mental health crisis.
We are gathering experts in the field, educators, counselors and the survivors of suicide who will share their personal stories for an open and earnest conversation.
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National Suicide Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) OR TEXT “GO” TO 741741