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 […]
Each year, about 56,000 violent deaths occur in this country. Violence-related death and injuries cost the United States $107 billion in medical care and lost productivity. Tragically, more than 39,000 people die by suicide in the United States each year. Homicide claims nearly 17,000 people in this country annually. We know these numbers can […]
Information was collected about participants and the effectiveness of suicide prevention training conducted by the Center for Health and Learning through the Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Project. The following information was collected and analyzed by the UVM’s VCHIP evaluation team. Key outcomes determined through this evaluation process included: Increased ability to identify and […]
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
Suicide statistics for Vermont by region, age, sex and education status 2001 – 2014.
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%. […]
Last night I read the heartbreaking Facebook entry of a Vermont mother who lost her daughter to suicide five years ago. Her daughter would have been 21 today. She implored anyone suffering from suicidal thoughts to reach out and get help. What happens when someone asks for help? If you ask people what you […]
By Kyle Midura, WCAX.com MONTPELIER, Vt. -Those who work in the business of guns long enough must come to terms with the possibility that they’ll sell a weapon to someone preparing to take their own life with it.”I remember the guy, I remember the event, it’s something that you don’t really let go of. It doesn’t […]
ZERO SUICIDE – A commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems. Zero Suicide, a project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), is a key concept of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The foundational belief of […]