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 ,

Counseling on Access to Lethal Means Training

Access to lethal means may determine whether a person who is suicidal lives or dies. The CALM online course, developed by SPRC, explains why means restriction is an important approach to suicide prevention.

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 Training

Designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

Training & Treatment Innovations - Training Opportunities

A number of training opportunities including "Suicide Assessment and Crisis Planning", "Trauma Informed Treatment", and "Compassion Fatigue". Click here for more information.

Restricting Access to Lethal Means,

​Q: What is means restriction?

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

Q: Why is means restriction 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 restriction?

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 restriction 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


  • 800.231.1127 - Common Ground Text Line, Available Monday-Friday, 4-10 p.m.
  • "Hello" to 741741 - Crisis Text Line


Visit Common Ground's Online Crisis Chat Line

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 Hanna Cassise at or 248-452-9174.

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