Thursday, February 14, 2013
A Wednesday conversation at Farmington Hills city hall focused on the connections among drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues and suicide.
More than 40 people who attended a Wednesday "community conversation" learned that studies show a connection between substance abuse, mental health issues and suicide. During the 2-hour presentation, speakers included Dr. Ryan Blackstock, a clinical psychologist with the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus, Farmington Public Safety Director Bob Schulz, 47th District Court Judge Marla Parker and Al-Anon representative Mitch Seelye. Here are five things you should know about the presentation: The event was the fourth in a series of events sponsored by the Farmington Area Suicide Prevention Task Force and Graham E. Smith Memorial Fund. Farmington Hills city council members Nancy Bates, Randy …
Friday, February 1, 2013
The Community Conversation at Farmington Hills city hall examines evidence that substance abuse is a risk factor for suicide.
The Farmington Area Suicide Prevention Task Force invites area residents to discuss the ties between substance abuse, mental health and suicide at a Feb. 13 Community Conversation. The 7 p.m. meeting at Farmington Hills city hall is the latest in a series of conversations the Task Force has hosted on topics related to Internet and social media, depression and suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. According to a City of Farmington Hills press release, a growing body of evidence suggests that alcohol and drug abuse are second only to depression and other mood disorders when it comes to risk factors for suicide. People with substance abuse disorders are more than three times as likely to consider, plan or attempt …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Former Farmington Hills Police Chief Bill Dwyer joins with Marcia Gershenson to announce the bi-partisan effort.
Commissioners Bill Dwyer (R-14th District) and Marcia Gershenson (D-13th District), both Farmington-area representatives on the Oakland County Board, met at the West Bloomfield Police Department Tuesday morning to announce the proposed formation of a study group that would study the gun registration process, especially as it relates to mental health. "There's no easy solution here, but we think that there are a number of loopholes which must be addressed," said Dwyer, a retired law officer who is a former Farmington Hills Chief of Police. Together with West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton, the commissioners said Tuesday, the group will study the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as well as the Michigan Law …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The public is welcome at this event with the Community Network Services Anti-Stigma Program.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Oakland County commissioner Jim Nash encourages veterans and their families to attend a panel discussion Aug. 30, with the Community Network Services Anti-Stigma Program. “I encourage everyone to come out and participate in this event. Come learn about the mental health issues facing our vets and their families, and the services available to serve them," he said. "Our goal is to reach as many veterans as possible by inviting family members, friends and other supportive people in our community to be a part of this event as well." Information relating to resources for veterans and their families will be made available at the event, held at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium, 1200 Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac. For more …
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The audience at Farmington Hills City Hall learns the importance of being in the moment.
Anyone who walked into the middle of Wednesday night's "Recognizing and Overcoming Depression" Town Hall at Farmington Hills City Hall might have been surprised by the silence. As part of the program, Dr. Donna Rockwell of Farmington Hills-based Michigan School of Professional Psychology had the audience do a mindful meditation and five-breath exercise. Rockwell said mindfulness – or learning to be in the present moment – has a direct effect on physical well-being. It has been shown to increase immune response and decrease production of stress hormones, the "fight or flight" response, which can lead to anxiety, depression and even physical ailments, like heart disease. "This is not something you have to do in a woo-woo way at an ashram," …