Midland, MI, Earns Safe Community Designation from NSC

Accreditation is the first in Michigan after years of efforts to end preventable deaths among residents.

​Itasca, IL – The City of Midland, MI, became an accredited Safe Community by the National Safety Council. It is just the 19th community in the United States and the first in Michigan to receive the distinction, and it represents a multiyear data review to identify the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths impacting Midland residents.

"Midland's commitment to the safety of its residents is laudable," said Kelly Nantel, vice president of communications and advocacy at NSC. "The data told them where to go, and they followed it closely. We are thrilled to accredit Midland as a Safe Community."

Careful examination found that fires, older adult falls, substance abuse and suicide affect Midland residents most. Local law enforcement, the Midland Fire Department, local medical and public health professionals, faith-based organizations, local businesses, schools and concerned community members began working together to implement prevention programs. Some of these efforts include:

  • Developing the program Remembering When, which provides training for seniors to help them understand how to prevent both fires and falls
  • Establishing a day for all faith-based organizations to address suicide prevention
  • Providing training for law enforcement so they can effectively handle mental health crisis
  • Educating medical personnel and practitioners about mental health treatment, counseling and follow up
  • Establishing a community resource center for information about mental health and suicide, using materials from the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other organizations
  • Adding an on-call, trained mental health practitioner to the emergency room staff

"Midland is incredibly proud to have received a Safe Community accreditation from the National Safety Council," said Midland Mayor Maureen Donker. "Safety is foremost in our community and while we have improvements to make, we are fortunate to have such good safety and health statistics. We are dedicated to improvement especially in areas relative to mental health and drug abuse."

For more information, please visit safecommunitiesamerica.org.

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