Suicide awareness group hosts PTSD discussion

Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness for Everyone) will host a Community Conversation about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and its relationship to suicide on April 27, 7 p.m., at Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Road.

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 open the discussion.

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.

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

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