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Crisis Text Line

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 […]

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Zero Suicide: Transitions in Care

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 – […]

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Understanding Suicide

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 […]

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Suicide Data and Surveillance Efforts in VT Featured at Legislative Day – February 16, 2017

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 […]

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Crisis Text Line

  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 […]

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The Alcohol Connection

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%.   […]

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Media Reporting Guidelines

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide© Developed in collaboration with: American Association of Suicidology, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Annenberg Public Policy Center, Associated Press Managing Editors, Canterbury Suicide Project – University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, ConnectSafely.org, Emotion Technology, International Association for Suicide Prevention Task Force on Media and Suicide, […]

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The Language of Suicide

An important objective of suicide prevention is to remove the stigma associated with suicide and mental health issues so that people will be more likely to seek the help they need. One of the ways we can do this is to be conscious of our use of language.

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