Saving Lives: Preventing Youth Suicide
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 one. 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
We Need to Talk
AIRED ON DETROIT PUBLIC TV MARCH 23, 2020
A thirty-minute educational documentary profiling effective suicide prevention initiatives in Michigan schools and communities. This film profiles West Bloomfield High School which experienced five suicides in a period of just three years and how Principal Patrick Watson adopted and integrated the “Prepare U” curriculum into the school’s 9th grade health program. Rabbi Yarden Blumstein, Teen Director of the Friendship Circle is profiled for his U-Matter teen resiliency program and for his methods of bringing SafeTalk training to over seven hundred teens in neighboring communities. The University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center’s Peer-to-Peer program reaching over thirty middle and high schools in Washtenaw County is documented as is Know Resolve – the story of how its founder, Dennis Liegghio conceived and partnered with the Macomb County Suicide Prevention Coalition to open a new after-school facility called the SHED. The film was produced through a grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.