Youth Suicide Prevention

Youth Suicide Prevention

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​Suicide is a significant public health problem and is the second leading cause of death for those ages 10 to 24 in the United States and in Michigan. 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.

The Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force has 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.
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Events & Evidence-Based Trainings ,

Events and Ongoing Programs

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group

This group provides outreach, support, and information for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Open group usually meets 7 to 9 pm on the first and third Mondays of the month. Individual support sessions are also available, by appointment. To to register, schedule an appointment, or learn more, call 1.248.451.2613.

safeTALK Training 

A half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper and connect those with thoughts of suicide to further help. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid 
Reducing Access to Lethal Means,

​Q: What is means reduction?

A: Means reduction is an effort to limit the accessibility and choice of lethal means of suicide, such as firearms and prescription drugs.

Q: Why is means reduction important?

A: Exploring how a person attempts suicide plays a key role in whether they live or die.

Q: What is the Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force doing to promote means reduction?

A: In partnership with Oakland County Board of Commissioners' Lock-It-Up program and using grant funds awarded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Oakland County Health Division and Oakland Community Health Network purchased small gun lock boxes available for pickup throughout Oakland County. These lock boxes are available at no charge and come with information about suicide prevention resources within our community.

We are committed to incorporating means reduction into larger suicide prevention efforts in Oakland County. Pick up a gun lock box at one of the following sites:

Gun Lock Box Distribution Sites

Oakland County Sheriff Substations

  • Pontiac: 110 E Pike St, Pontiac, MI 48342.
    • Open 24 hours a day.
  • Rochester Hills: 750 Barclay Cir, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.
    • Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Local Police Departments

  • Holly Police Department: 315 S. Broad, Holly, MI 48442. Monday ­­­– Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 For Help


  • 800.231.1127 - Common Ground Resource & Crisis Helpline
  • 1.800.273.TALK (8255) - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • 855.565.2729 - OK2SAY


  • 800.231.1127 - Common Ground Text Line
  • "Hello" to 741741 - Crisis Text Line
  • 652729 - OK2SAY


To arrange a debriefing after a suicide death, contact Common Ground 24 Hour Resource and Crisis Helpline at 1.800.231.1127

 Stay Connected

​Questions regarding the Task Force, trainings, or events? Please contact Kat Polmear at or 248-858-7171.

Request a presentation from one of the Task Force member agencies: