Friday, April 27, 2012
The May 23 event will include speakers from groups that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
After a highly successful inaugural event in September, the Farmington Area Suicide Prevention Task Force will host a Community Conversation May 23 that focuses on suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Research shows that suicide attempts are disproportionately high among youth who are members of the LGBT community. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is now the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds, with lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth attempting suicide up to four times more than their heterosexual peers. The 7 p.m. event, held at Farmington Hills City Hall, is targeted at parents, youth (ages 12 to 18), teachers, the faith community, service club members, and …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
A task force focused on suicide prevention has been formed in Farmington Hills.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Monday night presentation followed a September community meeting.
Nine of the 16 students who attended a Monday night presentation at Farmington High (FHS) said they know someone who has thought about suicide. "Youth Depression & Suicide: What Every Parent and Teen Must Know" was a follow up to a September community meeting that drew about 250 people to Farmington Hills city hall. Monday's meeting drew a smaller audience, with around 50 adults and teens in the school auditorium. Following a presentation by Brighton resident Jeff Edwards, whose 12-year-old son Chase took his own life in 2003, students moved into the cafeteria for a peer-facilitated discussion. FHS senior Priya Adusumilli said she thought during the discussion maybe one person would say they had personal contact with someone who had …
Monday, October 24, 2011
A public meeting at Farmington High School tonight offers teen-specific information about depression and suicide.
On the day before Farmington Public Schools parents and students will gather to talk about teen suicide prevention, Farmington Hills Police investigated the community's second murder-suicide, and the seventh completed suicide, of this year. Police reported that just after midnight on Sunday, a 34-year-old man took his own life, and that of his 22-month-old child, with a shotgun. This is not a time to say "There's too much to do, I don't have time for another meeting." This is not a time to say, "But he was an adult. That's different." It's not different. It's suicide. And we all need to come together and bring it out of the darkness, because it's happening at an alarming rate in our community. “Youth Depression & Suicide: What Every Parent…
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Parents and students are invited to the Oct. 24 informational meeting.
One powerful message that emerged from last week's well-attended community meeting on suicide prevention in Farmington Hills was the importance of talking and sharing information. On Oct. 24, the Farmington Schools PTA Council will host a districtwide meeting at Farmington High School aimed at doing just that. "Youth Depression & Suicide: What Every Parent and Teen Must Know" will feature guest speaker Jeff Edwards, who also addressed the crowd at the community forum. Edwards lost his 12-year-old son, Chase, to suicide. Chris Greig, PTA Council past president, said the council had this topic on the radar last spring when local officials first became concerned about the number of suicide attempts and threats reported in Farmington Hills. "…
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Area residents come together to bring suicide and depression 'out of the darkness'.
When 12-year-old Chase Edwards died, no one knew he was gravely ill. But that’s because his symptoms didn’t manifest in ways that would have alerted his parents to his sickness. His symptoms weren’t fever, swelling or vomiting. They were instead changes in sleep habits, trouble focusing and dropping grades. His illness was depression. And one Sunday evening in 2003, young Chase succumbed to it, commiting suicide while his parents cooked dinner. “What in the world does a 12-year-old have to be depressed about?” his father Jeff Edwards asked. “Well, what does a 12-year-old have to be diabetic about?” Chase was sick, Edwards told an overflow crowd who attended the informational event, “Out of the Darkness and into the Light: The Epidemic of …
Monday, September 19, 2011
Five adult residents committed suicide during the first eight months of this year in Farmington Hills.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Twelve teens commit suicide everyday according to national statistics. Recent teen suicides in Birmingham, Livonia Lake Orion and Milan add to the statistics. Farmington Hills has experienced teen suicides in the past, but thankfully none in recent times. The Farmington Area Prevention Task Force, sponsored by the Graham E. Smith Memorial Fund, has a mission to prevent teen suicide in our community. The task force was formed earlier this year. Farmington Hills City Council members Nancy Bates, Dr. Ken Massey and Dr. Randy Bruce launched the effort, after 13 Farmington Hills teens were hospitalized during a four-week period in 2010 for threatening or actually attempting suicide. I encourage residents of Farmington Hills and Farmington to …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The civic organization distributes more than $20,000 Wednesday.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Farmington-Farmington Hills Exemplar Club presented checks to 21 local organizations, distributing more than $20,000 Wednesday at John Cowley & Sons in Farmington. The club's director of community relations, Richard Lerner, emceed the noon meeting, with Nancy Cook and club president Steve Joppich presenting the over-sized checks. In keeping with its motto, “Give back. Be Xemplar”, the organization raises funds during the year for local distribution. Their largest annual event is the Jon Grant Signature Classic, a golf tournament held in June. Groups receiving funds were: Boy Scouts Ottawa District The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in…