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 […]
Suicide is a public health issue that affects individuals and families of all ages, socio-economic groups, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Stigma, myths and social attitudes about suicide can make it difficult for people and families in pain to get the help they need, and leave others unsure of how to offer or receive support […]
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, […]
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.