Oakland County Health Division, Common Ground, Easter Seals, Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, and Training & Treatment Innovations have developed a plan to focus and coordinate suicide prevention efforts in Oakland County. Our partners will guide and implement these activities by engaging public and private stakeholders. The plan is based on an understanding of evolving best practices.
Suicide is generally preventable. The vast majority of people who die by suicide have mental illness and/or substance use disorders, which research demonstrates can be successfully treated. Early identification and access to care are essential.
Prevention must be a collaborative effort. The entire community must share the responsibility of identifying and getting those at risk into needed services. Broad awareness of warning signs of suicide will increase appropriate referrals and interventions.
Risk factors can be used to design services for our communities as well as for individuals. Likewise, communities that build and support protective factors will benefit not just in preventing suicide, but in improving public health and safety.
Promoting healing and reducing risk following a suicide (postvention) for both individuals and communities is an important component of suicide prevention efforts.
Significant investments of time and other resources are required to prevent suicide. Focusing on recognized best practices will ensure that these efforts lead to positive outcomes across the lifespan, across the state and across cultures.
Suicide prevention must become a part of all of our ongoing work and become embedded throughout our communities including our schools, corrections at all levels and in our workplaces.
Suicide – a significant public health problem
Suicide is the third leading cause of death, accounting for 12.2% of all deaths for those ages 15 to 24 in the US.
Male suicide deaths outnumber female deaths by about 4 to 1.
Females attempt suicide two to three times as often as males.
For each suicide death, family and close friends are at higher risk for suicide themselves.
Many others are affected in a variety of ways, including those providing emergency care to the victims and those who may feel they failed to prevent the death.
Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention School Toolkit
If you need help, call 800.231.1127, text 248.809.5550 or go to Common Ground's Online Crisis Chat Line.