‘Talk, Save Lives’ community conversation March 6

“Talk, Save Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention,” a Community Conversation hosted by Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone), will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 6 at Farmington Hills City Hall.

The event is targeted at parents, youth, teachers, the faith community, and others who have regular contact with young people. Networking begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker Steve Windom, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in Michigan, will discuss how to openly talk about depression and suicide so that people will seek and receive the needed intervention and treatment. Public safety officials will also provide an update on local concerns surrounding opiate addiction, mental illness, and suicide.

“Across the country, suicide has reached epidemic proportions,” Farmington Hills Mayor Dr. Ken Massey said in a press release. “A lot of people think it’s not their problem, but in reality it’s the entire community’s problem.”

Representatives from Farmington Public Schools, CARES of Farmington Hills (Community. Action. Resources. Empowerment. Services.), Common Ground, the Suicide Loss Foundation, Kevin’s Song, the Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC), and Henry Ford Maple Grove Center will staff resource tables providing information about their services.

The meeting is sponsored by Farmington SAFE and the Graham E. Smith Memorial Fund. Light refreshments will be available. To learn more, call the Farmington Hills City Manager’s Office at 248-871-2500.