Farmington Suicide Prevention Group Hosts Community Talk on PTSD April 27

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Farmington Hills, MI – Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness for Everyone)

Hosts Community Conversation Focusing on PTSD on April 27

Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness for Everyone) will host a Community Conversation about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and its relationship to suicide.  The event, sponsored by the Graham E. Smith Memorial Fund, will take place on Wednesday, April 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Farmington Hills City Hall, located at 31555 Eleven Mile Road.

A panel of local experts in the field of mental health will give short presentations on PTSD garden16_mindy_domkewith an emphasis on the challenges facing veterans.  Panelists will include Louise Weller, PhD, from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP); Jeff Cardinal, Outreach Coordinator for “Mission 22,” an organization that works to bring awareness to the fact that “22 Veterans Commit Suicide Each Day;” and Sgt. Brian Bastianelli, a veteran and member of the Farmington Hills Police Department.  Medal of Honor Recipient Robert Simanek, USMC, will present the Opening Remarks.

Resource tables at the event will be staffed by local support organizations including Common Ground, American Legion – Groves-Walker Post, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Veterans Administration Crisis Line, Easter Seals, and American Indian Health & Family Services.  The groups will present information and offer resources regarding PTSD, suicide, bereavement, and traumatic loss.  Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence’s Office will also provide information about State of Michigan resources at the event. mendoza ad

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and visits to resource tables.  For more information, contact Farmington Hills Mayor Dr. Ken Massey at 248-871-2500 or kmassey@fhgov.com.

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