COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, MI – In yet another example and statistic of a person who took their own life because of poor mental health comes from Oakland County.
More and more we are sounding the alarm for the need for comprehensive mental services throughout the state of Michigan. After the state closed a dozen state psychiatric hospitals between 1987 and 2003, those suffering from mental illness have limited resources and that is one reason why the family of a 17-year-old must now bury their child.
At about 5:30AM on Tuesday April 10th, 2018, Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Commerce Township Fire Department responded to Hall Lane for a possibly deceased person. Upon their arrival, Deputies located a 17-year-old female lying face down on a bed inside of a bedroom. The young woman was obviously dead.
Paramedics from the Commerce Township Fire Department confirmed that the subject was beyond help and provided telemetry to Huron Valley Hospital where a physician pronounced the victim deceased.
Deputies spoke to the mother and step-father who indicated that they had spoken to their daughter the previous night before she had gone to bed. They stated they when went to wake her for school, they found her dead. The parents indicated that their daughter suffered from a bi-polar disorder and had attempted suicide in the past. Deputies located a notebook containing a hand written suicide note.
A Detective and an Investigator from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office arrived on the scene to continue with the investigation. An autopsy has been scheduled. The incident remains under investigation.
If you know of someone in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency. Learn more on the NSPL’s website.