September 7-13, 2015: Suicide Prevention Week

WHEREAS, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 34; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has consistently higher rates of suicide among youth and young adults compared to the nation as a whole; and,

WHEREAS, in 2013, the highest suicide rate was among people 45–65 years old; and,

WHEREAS, the economic cost of suicide in the U.S. is estimated to be more than $44 billion annually; and,

WHEREAS, surviving family and friends not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, but are at higher risk themselves for attempting suicide; and,

WHEREAS, more than half of adult suicide victims saw a medical professional within one month before their death; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention and other national suicide prevention agencies have been working tirelessly to halt the growth of suicide rates in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan has a statewide suicide prevention plan in place to address this serious public health issue; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s federally funded Youth Suicide Prevention Program is committed to lowering the youth suicide rate by creating true, sustainable change in both state and local systems that serve youth and young adults; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan can reduce its suicide rate by employing best practices, gaining community involvement and encouraging help seeking through open, direct, and honest discussion about suicide;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 7 through September 13, 2015 as Suicide Prevention Week in Michigan.