To create health-promoting communities, in which people have the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and resources to reduce the risk of suicide in VT
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Suicide Prevention Day at the Vermont State House
Thank you to all who participated in Suicide Prevention Day at the Vermont State House on Thursday, February 14!
Great connections were made with Legislators - and VT-SPC members and AFSP-VT advocates gained knowledge and skills around suicide prevention advocacy. Highlights from the day:
- State and health care leaders made commitments to creating suicide safe pathways in health care: The VT Blueprint for Health, Department of VT Health Access; OneCare VT; VT Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc.; the Agency of Human Services, and the Department of Mental Health.
- The House Committee on Health Care heard testimony from VT-SPC, an overview of current VT suicide data, a survivor’s perspective, information on older Vermonters and suicide risk, as well as the issues around proper care for the mentally ill in emergency rooms.
- VT-SPC members and AFSP advocates participated in training led by AFSP’s Area Director, Heather White, on effectively communicating with legislators. This prepared people for conversations with legislators over lunch.
- Vermonters lost to suicide were honored with flowers passed out to legislators and a Suicide Prevention Resolution was adopted in the House Chamber highlighting VT-SPCs work around Zero Suicide.
The Day was sponsored by:
Representative Anne Donahue
VT Suicide Prevention Coalition
VT Department of Mental Health
VT Suicide Prevention Center
September 9-15, 2018 was National Suicide Prevention Week
Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another. We can all play a role through the power of connection by having real conversations about mental health with people in everyday moments – whether it’s with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.
It’s also about the connection we each have to the cause, whether you’re a teacher, a physician, a mother, a neighbor, a veteran, or a suicide loss survivor or attempt survivor. We don’t always know who is struggling, but we do know that one conversation could save a life.
All week and during the month of September shared information and resources here and on our Facebook page. Below are two press releases that were issued as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.