Conference Speakers

Amelia Lehto

Amelia Lehto is the RCH Coordinator- Suicide Prevention at Common Ground an agency which helps people move from crisis to hope through a variety of programs and services in Oakland County, Michigan. Her position serves several functions ultimately supporting those intimately affected by suicide. In this role she supervises the Resource & Crisis Helpline via phones, chat and text, as part of the Coordinator team which provides guidance, support and training to our volunteers and interns.

In which she provides outreach, support and information to those bereaved by suicide through our Survivors of Suicide Loss Program. Specializing in suicide prevention and postvention on the local, state and national levels through trainings, advocacy and innovative technology. Amelia is a team leader on Common Ground’s Crisis Response Team, which provides debriefings in the community to those involved in a traumatic event. She is a Certified American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor and a LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and suicideTALK Trainer. She has sat on the Board of Directors for the Oakland County Crisis Response Organization ‘10-‘13 and sits on the Board of Directors for Six Feet Over. Amelia also is involved with many suicide prevention coalitions and taskforces throughout the community.

After experiencing loss at a young age she discovered that one is not defined by how they died, but how they lived. And so it’s been her life mission to improve the lives of those around me through love, listening and laughter. To quote the famous and favorite Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

You can also find her on Twitter @Atoes84.