To create health-promoting communities, in which people have the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and resources to reduce the risk of suicide in VT
PLEASE NOTE: The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center is not a Crisis Center and is not staffed off-hours, Fridays, or weekends. If you are in crisis and need help, click on the Find Help button below to find crisis lines and other sources of help.
Zero Suicide Practice Institute
May 16 and June 6, 2019
This two-day training brings together mental health, health care, state, and local teams to establish a common frame of reference, language and understanding of the use of evidence-based tools for Screening, Assessment, Treatment and Follow-up. Teams will conclude the Institute steeped in an understanding of Zero Suicide, with knowledge about their organization's capacity and readiness to implement the tools and processes, and with the ability to prioritize with their staff.
DAY ONE - May 16, 2019: Providing Zero Suicide Leadership
Dr. Mike Hogan, Originator of Zero Suicide, will frame this work nationally and in Vermont using examples of the overall strategy that makes zero suicides possible. Dr. Hogan helped introduce Zero Suicide to Vermont and will team up with Vermont health care providers to consult with teams in the first stages of their work.
DAY TWO: - June 6, 2019: Evidence-Based Practices Workshop
Elements of the Zero Suicide Pathways to Care: Screening, Assessment, Safety Planning and Means Restriction, Treatment and Follow-up, will be presented through interactive dialogue format and discussed as they relate to organizational policies and procedures with sessions geared toward new and more advanced Clinicians trained in Zero Suicide. Adam Lesser from the Columbia Lighthouse Project and Kevin Crowley from CAMS-care will provide sessions on screening and collaborative safety planning. Other workshops include Caring Contacts through follow-up and care coordination and roles and supports for people with lived experience. Teams will leave with an understanding of the tools and resources for implementing Zero Suicide in their organization.
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.
See Photos from the Day here
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.