Saving Lives: Preventing Youth Suicide
Suicide in this nation is reaching epidemic proportions. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide affects people of all ages. But in Michigan, there has been an alarming 33 percent increase in death by suicide in the past 20 years among young people between the ages of 10 and 24. Yet, Michigan remains one of only 17 states without mandated teaching training in suicide prevention.
Something needs to be one. And Detroit Public TV – in collaboration with the Children’s Foundation and Kevin’s Song – launched an initiative to bring attention to this urgent issue and to rally support among those in the lives of youth to battle this mental health crisis.
We are gathering experts in the field, educators, counselors and the survivors of suicide who will share their personal stories for an open and earnest conversation.
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Saving Lives: Preventing Youth Suicide
PREMIERED ON DETROIT PUBLIC TV WTVS DECEMBER 30, 2019
The figures on suicide are alarming, among youth as well as every other age group. In Michigan, suicide among adolescents and teens has nearly doubled in the past decade, surpassing the increase nationally. Yet, Michigan remains one of only 17 states without mandated teaching training in suicide prevention.
Detroit Public Television – in collaboration with the Children’s Foundation and Kevin’s Song – is launching a major campaign to bring attention to this urgent issue and to rally support among those in the lives of youth who can help combat this mental health crisis.
“Saving Lives: Preventing Youth Suicide” will feature a crucial conversation with educators, researchers, counselors and other experts in the field, who will be participating in a panel moderated by Cynthia Canty, host of “Stateside” on Michigan Radio.
A Conference on Suicide: Advocacy in ACTION
LIVE-STREAMED ON DETROIT PUBLIC TV JANUARY 23-24 , 2020
A Conference on Suicide: Advocacy in ACTION will tackle this difficult issue - discussing suicide as a complex and indiscriminating phenomenon that must be addressed by a unified and collaborative coalition of community resources. Communities, including schools and the workplace, can play a critical role in suicide prevention. Facilitating community engagement in suicide prevention is an important task and overall goal of the 2020 Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide. Creating safer schools, safer workplaces and safer communities is one of the overalls goals of the 2020 Kevin’s Song Conference on Suicide. Researchers, clinicians and suicide prevention advocates will share information about suicide, suicidal persons and the repercussions of suicide at both the personal and community level.
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Saving Lives: School Summit on Suicide
PREMIERED ON DETROIT PUBLIC TV WTVS 56.1 - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020 AT 10PM ET
The suicide rate for teens in Michigan has doubled over the past decade. It is now the second leading cause of death among our youth. Schools obviously play a major role in the lives of our youth, having almost daily contact with them. Yet Michigan lags many other states in providing their educators with the training and resources they need to help students at risk. The Kevin’s Song Conference features a full-day “School Summit,” inviting educators, mental health professionals, policymakers and other concerned people to learn about new research on programs and best practices that educators can take back to their schools and put to use in their classrooms. In the broadcast, Saving Lives: School Summit on Suicide, we are going to talk to and hear from educational leaders on the frontline of suicide prevention. This presentation is part of a yearlong campaign by Detroit Public Television, Kevin’s Song and The Children’s Foundation to shine a light of compassion and understanding on an issue that has too long remained in the shadows.