Suicide attempts and suicide completions, especially among young people, are of growing concern in Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Health Department, 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.
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The suicide rate for Washtenaw County residents has increased 28% between 2000 (7.8 per 100,000) and 2018 (10.0 per 100,000). (Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Rates are age adjusted and five year rolling averages.)
A support group for parents of children with suicidal thoughts and behaviors is held the first Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. It takes place at the:
Washtenaw Intermediate School District Building
1819 South Wagner Road
Ann Arbor, MI 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, email Alison Paine of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
This support group is led by trained NAMI volunteers, and is a collaborative effort with
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 with common experiences and concerns.
Washtenaw Alive, a suicide prevention planning collaborative of Washtenaw County facilitated by the Washtenaw County Health Department, has put together a list of suicide prevention resources (PDF) in Washtenaw County.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, call 800-273-TALK (8255). Community Mental Health also provides support 24/7 for individuals in crisis or anyone in Washtenaw County with mental health questions, call 734-544-3050. If your need is life threatening, call 911. Find a list of local and national resources from Washtenaw Alive.