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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation. Warning signs that may mean someone is at risk include:
  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself  
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain  
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
The risk is greater if the behavior is new, or has increased, and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.

If you believe someone may be thinking about suicide:
  • Call 911, if danger for self-harm seems imminent.
  • Ask them if they are thinking about killing themselves. (This will not put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.)
  • Listen without judging and show you care.
  • Stay with the person (or make sure the person is in a private, secure place with another caring person) until you can get further help.
  • Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. For instance, faith communities can work to prevent suicide simply by fostering cultures and norms that are life-preserving, providing perspective and social support to community members, and helping people navigate the struggles of life to find a sustainable sense of hope, meaning, and purpose.

HEPATITIS A

Public health officials are continuing to see an elevated number of hepatitis A cases, specifically related to the outbreak that originated in Southeast Michigan. A description of the outbreak in Michigan can be found on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) website at http://www.michigan.gov/mdhh /0,5885,7-339-71550_2955_2976_82305_82310-447907--,00.html. The vast majority of the cases associated with this outbreak have been identified in the City of Detroit and Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties.  Additional cases have been identified in Calhoun, Clare, Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Isabella, Jackson, Lapeer, Livingston, Monroe, Sanilac, St. Clair, and Washtenaw Counties.

This hepatitis A outbreak continues to be a public health threat to vulnerable populations in Michigan. MDHHS and local public health agencies need the entire community to help prevent the spread of this disease. Please contact or Primary Care Physician or the Van Buren Cass District Health Department for information about your risk for Hepatitis A.

OPIOID SUMMIT VIDEOS

The Opioid Summit held has been posted to youtube.  The entire Opioid Summit has been edited into 6 one hour or less videos.  Please feel free to share them with your friends, family, and co-workers.  The videos can be found on the C.A.S.S. Coalition's Youtube Channel at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgnnqovnMSZbsV3qz7rqlw

MyStrength

Free online access to confidential, personalized help; using evidence-based resources to better manage depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders while improving overall well-being.
Available for all Cass County residents.
Website: www.mystrength.com
Access Code:  SWMCass

Prescription Drug Drop Boxes

Residents living in Dowagiac and Edwardsburg now have an easy way to dispose of unused or expired medication within their medicine cabinets — and to ensure they never fall into the wrong hands.
 

Red Med prescription drop off box

New prescription drug drop boxes will be located at the following locations:

  • Dowagiac Police Department, 241 S. Front St., Dowagiac, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Family Fare, 56151 M-51, Dowagiac, 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
  • Pokagon Tribal Health Center, 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
  • Edwardsburg Police Department, 26296 E. Main, Edwardsburg, 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays.

These new boxes will join the existing drug collection box located inside the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in Cassopolis. Similar to how that box functions, any medication collected at these four new spots will be gathered by local police officers and sent to a disposal facility, where they will be safely destroyed. way to dispose of unused or expired medication within their medicine cabinets — and to ensure they never fall into the wrong hands. These new boxes will join the existing drug collection box located inside the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in Cassopolis. Similar to how that box functions, any medication collected at these four new spots will be gathered by local police officers and sent to a disposal facility, where they will be safely destroyed. C.A.S.S.


 


  
Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards Michigan Department of Health and Human Services United Way Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Mission Statement

Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network works in partnership with individuals, families and the community to inspire hope, promote resiliency and achieve recovery by providing effective behavioral health services.

Guiding Principles and Values

  • Behavioral Health is an essential part of overall health
  • Prevention Works
  • Treatment is Effective
  • People Recover