Crisis Text Line connects individuals with professional help through a free, 24/7 text support line. Anyone with a mobile device can connect anonymously with a trained Crisis Counselor. This free texting service is available to anyone, at any time, for any type of crisis they are experiencing. Text VT to 741741 from anywhere – and […]
Suicide is an event that impacts entire communities. People exposed to a suicide include not just the family and friends, but also first responders, those who discovered the suicide, health care workers and people in the schools, communities and workplaces where the families and friends live and work. Suicide is often referred to as an […]
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and it is important to highlight the efforts taking place between multidisciplinary partners in Vermont to address suicide prevention across the continuum of care– from prevention to recovery. In 2015 the American Association of Suicidology reported that every 11.9 minutes a United States citizen died by suicide – […]
Over 42,000 deaths by suicide occur in the United States each year and 18% of those are Veterans while Veterans constitute only 8.5% of the US population. In August 2016, VA released a national suicide data report, Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans, 2001-2014. The report was the most comprehensive analysis of Veteran suicide rates […]
Understanding Suicide VT Suicide Prevention Center (vtspc.org) promotes public and well informed conversation about suicide prevention in Vermont. There is a pressing need to understand the prevalence of suicide as a public health problem and that there are effective approaches to preventing it. Vermont has a higher than national average suicide rate across all age […]
On Thursday, February 16, c Representatives of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, members of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition, Vermont Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and other key partners were at the State House for a variety of advocacy and awareness activities. This event was sponsored by the Vermont Suicide […]
Vermonters experiencing a mental health crisis now have a new way to find support 24 hours a day. The Vermont Department of Mental Health says people in crisis can now send a text message to people trained to help them. The new, 24-hour Crisis Text Line provides round-the-clock support, seven days a week […]
Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/violencePrevention/suicide National Institute of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures Suicide Prevention Resource Center: http://www.sprc.org/basics/scope-problem American Association of Suicidology: AAS 2015 U.S. and State Suicide Fact Sheet
The impact of suicide on families, schools, and the larger community is especially profound in Vermont’s small, rural communities. It is important that people see suicide as a public health issue, and learn about the role they can play in identifying individuals who may be at risk and getting them the help and support they […]
The impact of legalization of marijuana is far more involved than we may anticipate. Including the potential for long-term debilitating effects on personal health, and an impact on educational and health care systems.
Vermont’s suicide rate is higher than the national average by about 30 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2014 Vermont’s rate was 19 people per 100,000,compared to 13 per 100,000 nationally. Additionally, 48 percent of Vermont suicides involved guns.
A large study published this year found significant results related to heavy alcohol use and male suicide risk. Among men, those who died by suicide experienced an 8% increase in heavy alcohol use at the onset of the recent recession than did men in a non-suicide comparison group, whose alcohol use decreased by 2%. […]