Ask the Experts by The Family Center
Q: I heard September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. What can I do to learn more about suicide prevention and mental health?
A: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month and is meant to unite community members with prevention organizations, survivors, and allies to promote suicide prevention awareness. In our community, there are a few different ways you can learn more about suicide prevention and mental health.
Mental Health First Aid Training is being offered for individuals working/interacting with youth, to learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. The course is an eight-hour training, given in two four-hour sessions, on September 19 and 26, 5:30pm-9:30pm, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. The training is limited to 30 participants and you must attend both sessions to receive the 3-year certification.
For an opportunity to hear directly from someone who struggled with depression, join The Family Center, Kevin’s Song (kevinssong.org), and CARE of Southeastern Michigan (careofsem.org) are presenting Everyday Mental Health: What You Need to Know with Will Heininger, former U-M football player and national mental health advocate. Will discusses his very personal journey with depression and anxiety at two different events this month. He will speak at Grosse Pointe South High School on September 19, 6:30pm, and at Parcells Middle School on September 25, 6:30pm. Parents, students and concerned community members are all invited to this free awareness event.