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Macomb County Suicide Prevention Coalition

What is it?

The Macomb County Suicide Prevention Coalition (MCSPC) is a group of individuals from many walks of life who are interested in helping to reduce the incidence of suicide in Macomb County, Michigan.  Although the membership includes people who work in the fields of social work, education, theology, mental health, medicine, and law enforcement, it is open to anyone who is interested in suicide prevention.  You don’t have to be an expert to join in our efforts.

Basic Premises:

1.  Suicide is everyone’s business.

2.  Suicide is preventable
The Problem:

Suicide is a significant public health problem in Macomb County.  Since the turn of this century, the Office of the Medical Examiner has reported an average of 89 suicides per year ranging from 70-118.  This only accounts for a portion of the actual number of suicides considering that many suicides are recorded as accidental deaths, accidental overdoses, or single car accidents.

 

Furthermore, the American Association of Suicidology estimates that at least six people are profoundly affected by each suicide and that close survivors of loved ones lost to suicide are eight more likely to attempt suicide themselves.  In effect, each suicide creates an immeasurable wake of collateral damage to human lives.

Mission:

With community collaboration and a multi-faceted approach, the Macomb County Suicide Prevention Coalition (MCSPC) promotes efforts to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behavior.

The Plan:

The MCSPC has developed a plan that represents a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention through awareness, education, intervention, support, monitoring, and evaluation.  From this plan the Coalition has formed task groups such as LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) that assists and provides comfort to families while the police are on the scene of a suicide and a Think Tank that is exploring how public places where suicides occur can be made safer.  Other tasks groups are involved with Data Surveillance, Healthy Campuses, and Youth Groups.

How Can I Get Involved?

Contact Gary Burnett at (586) 948-6104 or gary.burnett@mccmh.net for more information.

 

How Can I Donate? Donations are tax deductible and 100% of the funds collected are utilized for suicide prevention efforts.  Checks can be made out to Macomb County Suicide Prevention Coalition, 46360 Gratiot Avenue, Chesterfield, MI  48051.

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Macomb County Suicide Prevention Coalition
The Macomb County Suicide Prevention Coalition (MCSPC) is incorporated as a stand-alone charitable organization governed by concerned professionals and citizens. The MCSPC is not a corporate affiliate of either Macomb County Community Mental Health or the County of Macomb.

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