‘Garrett’s Space’ hosting 24-hour virtual fundraiser
It’s been five heart-wrenching years since Julie and Scott Halpert of Ann Arbor lost their beloved son Garrett to suicide. Through their grief, the Halperts have worked tirelessly to make sure other young people get the type of help they wish Garrett could have.
‘It’s important to have those conversations’: How to talk to kids about mental health
Mental health is top of mind for many parents, from bullying to depression, school shootings, and suicides. But many parents admit they don’t know how to turn asking kids about their day, Into meaningful conversations about mental health.
Powerful suicide prevention exhibit open today at Detroit Mercy
WXYZ — Did you know suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students? The University of Detroit Mercy is on a mission to remove any stigmas attached to mental heath, and create conversations about suicide prevention. Today, September 16, the university is welcoming you to visit a powerful exhibit called Send Silence Packing. The exhibit runs from 10am to 4pm today in Sacred Heart Square on the McNichols Campus in northwest Detroit. Mental health is health, and everyone deserves a chance to feel better.wxyz.com
Wyandotte police officers save 2 men from jumping into Detroit River
WYANDOTTE, Mich. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said suicidal thoughts have increased in all age groups since the pandemic began. This month, Wyandotte police helped save two men -- one in his early 30′s the other in his late 50s -- from jumping in the Detroit River. Early Wednesday morning, police were trying desperately to prevent a man from jumping into the Detroit River. Ten days earlier, Wyandotte police received a call about another man trying to jump into the river. “A lot of people that are struggling and going through crisis, they think they’re alone and they’re not.
U-M researchers develop screening tool that predicts teen suicide risk
ANN ARBOR – Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a universal screening tool that accurately predicts the suicide risk of a teenagers during emergency care visits. According to the researchers, their suicidal risk level is determined using a combination of risk factors. AdWhile other suicide screening tools exist, King said many high risk young people slip through the cracks, and in some cases, some adolescents rank as “false positives” for suicide risk. The computerized screening tool predicted suicide risk with 88% accuracy when tested on two cohorts of adolescents ages 12-17 who visited emergency departments. Additionally, emergency departments recently reported that visits related to youth suicide risk and self-harm have doubled.
2 young Ypsilanti men killed by same bullet in tragic Thanksgiving shooting
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Two Metro Detroit families are mourning after a young Ypsilanti Township man killed himself with a single bullet that also killed his friend on Thanksgiving. Officials say the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting at Aspen Chase Apartments at about 7 p.m. on Nov. 26. “What looks to have happened is one young man, who suffered from a mental health condition, committed suicide,” said Derrick Jackson with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. When he pulled the trigger, the bullet went right through his friend and into (his friend). So it was one bullet that killed both young men.”Gabe Scott says he was close to both of the young men -- especially Reed Carter, who police said was the young man trying to help his friend.
9 reasons to attend an event in honor of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Did you realize there’s a whole day dedicated to International Survivors of Suicide Loss? The day is intended for survivors of suicide loss to come together to find connection, understanding and hope through their shared experience, according to this website. “Also known as Survivor Day, the day was designated by Congress as a day on which those affected by suicide can join together for healing and support,” the website says. “It was determined that Survivor Day would always fall on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving, as the holidays are often a difficult time for suicide loss survivors.”In 2019, 417 events took place, including 49 international sites in 26 countries, officials said. If you’ve been affected by suicide, perhaps you’d benefit from attending one of these Survivor Day events.
Michigan schools to have suicide prevention resources on IDs
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan public schools will be required to put a suicide prevention hotline number on student identification cards, under a law signed by Gov. Schools will be required to provide a suicide hotline number that is accessible at all times. The bill also requires the state health department to provide information about mental health and suicide if schools request it. “Printing the number for a 24/7 hotline directly on student identification cards means the information is always close at hand and available. Wisconsin took matters a step further, requiring all public schools and universities to have suicide hotline numbers printed on student ID cards.
Sterling Heights police save suicidal man at Lakeside Island Park
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – With the help of a concerned family member police were able to stop a man in Sterling Heights from dying by suicide. Police were able to rescue the man at Lakeside Island Park with just moments to spare. Police said the GPS on the man’s phone helped them locate him at the park. READ: Suicide prevention support and mental health resources available in USFamily members contacted 911 after the man posted what they said was a troubling video online. Police located the man just in time and he was transported to an area hospital and evaluated.
Michigan receives $4.35M in funding to address suicide in adult men
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) received funding to address suicide in adult men. The funding is worth $4.35 million and will be used over the next five years. More than 48,000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2018, according to the CDC. READ: Suicide prevention support and mental health resources available in USOfficials said two-thirds of suicide deaths in Michigan are adult men. The funding will go toward the MDHHS program Preventing Suicide in Michigan Men (PRiSSM) and will work to reduce the number of deaths and attempts among men ages 25 and older.
Gunman dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound after 2-day stand off on Detroit’s west side
DETROIT – A barricaded situation that stretched on for more than 24 hours on Detroit’s west side ended with the gunman dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was an outcome police tried to avoid, which is why the standoff lasted as long as it did. Police said they wanted the suspect to come out peacefully. Officers from multiple departments, including Dearborn and Redford, worked their way inside. While it was never proven in court, police are certain he was the person behind an unsolved triple-homicide on Detroit’s east side.
Two-day standoff at Detroit home ends after gunman kills himself
DETROIT – A standoff with a gunman that started early Tuesday morning at a home on Detroit’s northwest side has ended after more than 24 hours. The gunman, who was wanted in connection with a triple homicide on Helen Street earlier this summer, has killed himself. Police officers surrounded the home for more than a day. The hostage who escaped Wednesday morning told police he was fearing for his life the entire time he was in the home with the armed man. Original reports stated the man fired at officers, but police later clarified he did not fire directly at officers -- he just fired a shot.
TikTok scrambles to remove suicide video clips, ban users
LONDON TikTok says it's working to remove videos of a man apparently taking his own life and banning users that keep trying to spread the clips on the popular social media platform. The video was originally livestreamed on Facebook before being circulated on other platforms including TikTok, the company said. Our systems, together with our moderation teams, have been detecting and blocking these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide," TikTok said in a statement. We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips," the company said, adding it appreciated users who reported the content. TikTok urged people who were struggling with thoughts of suicide or concerned about someone who is to seek support.
Michigan school settles suit over suicide for $500,000
LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan school district accused of failing to stop a teenager from being bullied settled a lawsuit over his suicide for $500,000, a newspaper reported. Michael Martin, a 13-year-old student at Lansing Everett High School, took his own life in 2019. Michael's mother, Joanna Wohlfert, said she asked school staff and a bus company for help in addressing bullying but they failed to take action. There was no immediate comment from the Lansing school district. Teachers said they noticed a change in his behavior before his death and had asked the Everett administration to intervene.
Detroit non-profit helps teens struggling with mental health, depression
Its a word thats important to discuss now during the pandemic when many teens might be struggling with their mental health. Stacie wiped away tears as she remembered her baby brother gone too soon. It led him to create the non-profit, Encourage Me Im Young or EMIY for short, with one main goal. Together Calvin and Stacie have teamed up for the non-profit affecting the lives of young men from all across metro Detroit. "Whatever I can do to assist a child in not taking their life, that's my mission, that's my family's mission," said Stacie.
Inmate dies from suicide at Oakland County Jail
PONTIAC, Mich. – An inmate at the Oakland County Jail was found unresponsive by deputies after strangling himself in his cell on Saturday afternoon. Upon noticing the inmate was unresponsive, deputies entered the cell and discovered a blanket attached to the man’s feet and tied around his neck as a ligature, police said. Officials say the deputies conducted CPR and used an automated external defibrillator on the inmate and were able to obtain a pulse. The inmate was then transported to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospital where he was placed on life support and listed in critical condition, officials said. The case is being investigated by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit.
FBI investigating teen's alleged suicide
FBI investigating teen's alleged suicide The FBI is looking into the death of a black teen after his family questioned the official ruling that the young man found hanging from a swing set at a trailer park had committed suicide. 48 Hours Crimesider reporter Michelle Sigona joins "CBSN" with the details.cbsnews.com
March 2010: Body of missing Grosse Pointe Woods woman found
Editor’s note: This story was first published March 22, 2010. GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. – Authorities said dental records were used to help them determine that the body found in the Detroit River on Saturday morning is that of missing Grosse Pointe Woods woman, JoAnn Matouk Romain. Two fishermen on the west side of Boblo Island found the body partially submerged in the water and notified Canadian authorities. Police said Romain’s car was found parked in the lot of St. Paul’s Church on Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms, along with her purse and more than $1,000. “But it opens up an entire whole end of investigation.”The family has hired a retired FBI agent to look into the death further.