VTSP Coalition

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The Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition consists of over 70 representatives from public health, education, state agencies, suicide prevention advocacy groups, youth leadership, mental health services and survivors throughout the state.


Our mission is to create communities of hope throughout Vermont in which schools, agencies and people of all ages are 
given the knowledge, attitudes, skills and resources to respond effectively to suicidal behavior. Our message is Umatter.



Our strategies include:

  • Promoting the message that suicide across the lifespan is preventable
  • Equipping health care and community based providers with the knowledge and skills to respond effectively to anyone in distress
  • Increasing public awareness of the importance of addressing mental health issues and the characteristics of mental 
health wellness
  • Establishing a broad-based suicide prevention, 
intervention and postvention program throughout Vermont
  • Sponsoring a public information campaign to reduce the stigma associated with being a consumer of mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention services and to increase 
connectedness and the promotion of mental health wellness
  • Promoting positive youth development and life-long 
mental health
  • Developing a five-year strategic plan to ensure long-term and sustainable approaches to prevention and early intervention


The work of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition is based upon a number of underlying principles derived from the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Platform. Those principles include:


  • Suicide is generally preventable — suicidality is a diagnosable mental health condition which requires a pathway to care
  • Suicide is a public health issue
  • Mental health and physical health are important and 
inextricably linked components of overall health
  • Suicide shares risk factors with substance abuse, bullying and harassment, traumatic events (including sexual abuse, violence, post-traumatic stress), as well as other mental health conditions
  • Community, individuals and organizations must collaborate to prevent suicide



The Coalition has been instrumental in implementing the Umatter public awareness campaign statewide, promoting the message that everyone has a place in the Big Picture, and a role in preventing suicide. Umatter promotes mental health wellness through self-assessment, communication, coping and help-seeking skills.


Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition Members & Organizations


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Vermont Chapter

Brattleboro Retreat

Brattleboro Union High School

Burlington College

Burlington Housing Authority

Cathedral Square- Support And Services at Home (SASH)

Center for Health and Learning

Clara Martin Center

Joanna Cole, Advocate and former Vermont Representative

Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery

Counseling Service of Addison County, Inc.

Department of Vermont Health Access

Good Neighbor Health Clinic

Gun SenseVT

Hardwick Area Community Justice Center

Hartford High School

Health Care & Rehabilitation Services

Howard Center

Hundred Acre Homestead

Johnson State College

Lamoille County Mental Health Services

LISTEN Community Services

National Alliance on Mental Illness- VT

National Center for Campus Public Safety

New England Culinary Institute

Northeast Kingdom Human Services

Northern New England Poison Center

Northwestern Counseling & Support Services

Norwich University

Outright VT

Pathways Vermont

Pathways Vermont Support Line

Rutland Mental Health Services

Spring Lake Ranch

Vermont Military, Family, and Community Network

Vermont Suicide Prevention Center

Vermont Veteran’s Outreach

Washington County Mental Health

Youth in Transition

Survivors of Suicide Loss

The Vermont Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse

Twinfield Union School

Union Institute & University

United Counseling Services

University of Vermont

University of Vermont, Center for Health and Well Being

University of Vermont, College of Medicine

University of Vermont, Department of Pediatrics

University of Vermont Medical Center

US Department of Veterans Affairs, WRJ

Vermont 2-1-1, United Way

Vermont Agency of Education

Vermont Agency of Human Services

Vermont Army National Guard

Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

VAMH-Friends of Recovery VT

Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation

Vermont Blueprint for Health

Vermont Care Partners

Vermont Child Health Improvement Program

Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services

Vermont Department of Children and Families

Vermont Department of Corrections

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

Vermont Department of Health

VDH Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs

VDH Division of Maternal and Child Health

Vermont Department of Mental Health

Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Vermont National Guard Military Family Services

Vermont Psychiatric Association