Michigan Senate Bill 228 was approved by the Governor on December 20. It establishes a “Suicide Prevention Commission” which will work towards reducing Michigan’s suicide rate. The Commission is required to prepare a preliminary report of its research and findings, and complete a revised report annually thereafter.
Efforts to set up the Commission and getting it working will start as soon as everyone is back after the holidays. You are encouraged to look at the bill, which states which organizations can nominate individuals to serve on the Commission and who will actually make those appointments. Please see if you or another highly qualified person you know meets the criteria for any of the positions and consider reaching out to the group or organization that is listed in the bill to make a nomination for that position.
This is a very important effort that will influence the future of suicide prevention work in this state and we all have an interest in seeing that the best possible individuals serve on the Commission.