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Umatter YYA Program for 2018-19 concludes

The Umatter YYA program for 2018-19 is complete. Overall, 12 schools and 68 youth participated and implemented Mental Health Wellness Community Action Projects in their schools. These projects included: mental health awareness week activities, an interactive play about healthy dating relationships, anxiety management resource information campaign, a school wide wellness day, and more. For a full […]

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The VT Suicide Prevention Coalition met at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction

June 18, 2019: Thank you to all who participated in the VT Suicide Prevention Coalition meeting!  Topics discussed included: The numerous trainings happening around the stateSupports for survivorsInformation on the Quechee Gorge bridge barrierSuicide attempt data from the New England Poison Control CenterThe new AFSP sponsored Advocacy CommitteeResources from the AAS Conference Read the complete […]

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Reflections on AAS National Conference – 2019

This years AAS National Conference, (#aas2019) with a combination of plenary and break-out sessions, was a huge success thanks to the many presenters and participants who converged in Denver.  Thank you to the American Association of Suicidology for organizing this event, and the many sponsors who made this possible. The conference included presentations from a […]

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Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

Middlebury Actors Workshop is thrilled to present the Vermont premiere of the extraordinary one-person show, Every Brilliant Thing.  A long running hit in both London’s East End and New York City’s Off-Broadway, this show handily won the New York Times Critics’ Pick of 2015.   Ice cream.  Things with stripes.  Water fights. Thus begins a […]

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National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has released the first-ever National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide (SuicideInScripts.org) in entertainment content, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC). Representatives from the entertainment industry and suicide prevention field provided input on the recommendations, which advances goal […]

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Suicide Prevention Day at the Vermont State House: Creating Suicide Safe Pathways in Health Care

February 14, 2019: 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 […]

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Resources for Addressing the Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why”

Use the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” as a teachable moment in your school or community.  Get resources and view a webinar presented by ASCA, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ,and the National Association of School Psychologists.   Webinar:  Teachable Moment Using “13 Reasons Why” to Initiate a Helpful Conversation – Watch on YouTube […]

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Survivors of Suicide – Vermont Resource Packet

The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, Vermont Department of Health, and Vermont Department of Mental Health collaborated and created a Survivors of Suicide Vermont Resource Packet which includes local and national resources, including local support groups.  The packets have been distributed to local funeral homes.  Links to the documents included in […]

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Crisis Text Line

The Vermont 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 […]

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