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UP sheriff makes plea for mental health services

EAGLE RIVER (AP) — An Upper Peninsula sheriff is making a public plea for more mental health treatment after a young driver smashed a car into trees to try to end a life.

A Facebook post, with a photo of the crumpled car, has been shared more than 6,000 times this week, more than three times the population of Keweenaw County.

“In the past month we have transported several people who were looking for help to be evaluated by our local mental health,” Sheriff Curt Pennala’s office said. “Do you want to take a guess on how many received treatments? None. When are we going to have a meaningful discussion on the broken mental health system in Michigan?”

The young driver survived the crash and was sent home with a “safety plan,” the social media post said.

“This does not sit well with us! … Contact your state representatives, contact your mental health board and help us figure out how we can fix this problem.

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