Suicide attempts and suicide completions, especially among young people, are of growing concern in Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Health Department, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and other community agencies and partners are working together to monitor and address both suicide attempts and completions with the goal of reversing this trend in Washtenaw County.
You can hover over the graphs below to see individual data points.
Suicide Completions by Year, Washtenaw County Residents
Source for above graph and table: Geocoded Michigan Death Certificate Registry - Division for Vital Records & Health Statistics, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) for 2012-2021 data.
*2022 data is preliminary data obtained from the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner Office. Once MDHHS Vital Records & Health Statistics data is completed for 2022, it will be updated accordingly.
Source for above graph: U.S. data is from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), CDC annual mortality data files. Michigan and Washtenaw County data is from Geocoded Michigan Death Certificate Registries, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS).
*Rates are not age-adjusted: crude rates are per 100,000 population using population estimates specific to the year and geographic area.
Data note: U.S. data for suicide completions for 2021 is not yet available at this time. Once this data becomes available, this graph will be updated.
See more suicide data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services here.
We released our first Suicide Report in April 2023 - view it here. We plan to release these annually moving forward.
Anyone in Washtenaw County can call the Community Mental Health CARES team 24/7 with any mental health questions: 734-544-3050.
Driven by community conversations, the Wish You Knew Washtenaw campaign aims to spark honest and supportive conversations about mental health between youth and adults. Find local mental health resources on its local resources webpage.
Washtenaw Alive, a suicide prevention planning collaborative of Washtenaw County facilitated by the Washtenaw County Health Department, has put together a list of suicide prevention resources (PDF) in Washtenaw County.
Parent Support Groups
A free support group for parents of children aged 12 to 25 who have contemplated or attempted suicide is held the first and third Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. It takes place online via Zoom. To register, email Alison Paine of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This support group is led by trained NAMI volunteers, and is a collaborative effort with NAMI Washtenaw County, UM Psychiatry, Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, Washtenaw County Health Department, and Washtenaw ISD.
Family Crisis Center of Washtenaw also offers a Parent Empowerment Café to help parents with children who may be at risk of suicidality begin a dialogue with other parents with common experiences and concerns.
Help for Individuals or Families in Crisis
Have any mental health questions or needs? Call 734-544-3050 for the Washtenaw County CARES team.
If you feel suicidal, call 988, text 988, or visit https://988lifeline.org/chat/ for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also text HELLO to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line.
If you’re in immediate danger, call 911.