We Work to Eliminate Suicide in VT


To create health-promoting communities, in which people have the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and resources to reduce the risk of suicide in VT


PLEASE NOTE:  The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center is not a Crisis Center and is not staffed off-hours, Fridays, or weekends.  If you are in crisis and need help, click on the Find Help button below to find crisis lines and other sources of help.


Gunshots Project Update: Takeaways From 2018 Gun Death Data

Data from the Vermont Department of Health shows that more people died from gunshots in Vermont in 2018 than any year since at least 2011.  82 people died from gunshots with 85% of those deaths resulting from suicides.

Read more and listen to the Vermont Public Radio Broadcast about this troubling issue.


Resources for Suicide Survivors:

Vermont Resource Packet


The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Department of Mental Health collaborated and created a "Survivors of Suicide VT Resource Packet" which includes both local and national resources, including local support groups.

Click here to access the Resource Packet



PLEASE help support our Umatter programs by giving to our Global Giving Accelerator crowdfunding campaign.

Help make a difference! Your support is greatly appreciated. Donate below.

Last summer Betsy LeBlanc hiked Vermont’s 273 mile Long Trail and raised nearly $6,500 to increase awareness for suicide prevention and support the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center’s program Umatter. In 2019, from July 2-23, Betsy will be taking No One Has to Walk Alone to California to hike the 210 mile John Muir Trail. This year she hopes to raise $10,000 for suicide prevention. By bringing light to this issue, it is her hope that no one who struggles with suicide has to walk alone.  We are grateful to Betsy for supporting our work.  We will be following along with her on her hike and hope you do too.  To learn more about Betsy's fundraiser, click HERE.


Child Mental Health Awareness Week!

May 6-10, 2019



The focus of this year's Child Mental Health Awareness Week is Suicide Prevention. 

Visit HERE to find information and events sponsored by the Vermont Department of Mental Health, the Vermont Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, and the Center for Health and Learning.







Zero Suicide Practice Institute

Recap from May 16th, 2019

Montpelier, Vermont



15 teams from a variety of healthcare settings including Mental Health Agencies in VT, hospitals, primary care and elder care, and representing Blue Cross Blue Shield, One Care and VT Blueprint for Health gathered for the first day of a two day Zero Suicide Skills Institute to increase their knowledge about the problem of suicide in health systems. 

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Suicide Prevention Day at the Vermont State House


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 creating suicide safe pathways in health care: The VT Blueprint for Health, Department of VT Health Access; OneCare VT; VT Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc.; the Agency of Human Services, and the Department of Mental Health.
  • The House Committee on Health Care heard testimony from VT-SPC, an overview of current VT suicide data, a survivor’s perspective, information on older Vermonters and suicide risk, as well as the issues around proper care for the mentally ill in emergency rooms.
  • VT-SPC members and AFSP advocates participated in training led by AFSP’s Area Director, Heather White, on effectively communicating with legislators. This prepared people for conversations with legislators over lunch.
  • Vermonters lost to suicide were honored with flowers passed out to legislators and a Suicide Prevention Resolution was adopted in the House Chamber highlighting VT-SPCs work around Zero Suicide.


See Photos from the Day here


The Day was sponsored by:

Representative Anne Donahue


VT Suicide Prevention Coalition

VT Department of Mental Health

VT Suicide Prevention Center












September 9-15, 2018  was National Suicide Prevention Week


Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing suicide risk by making sure we connect with one another. We can all play a role through the power of connection by having real conversations about mental health with people in everyday moments – whether it’s with those closest to us, or the coffee barista, parking lot attendant, or the grocery store clerk.

It’s also about the connection we each have to the cause, whether you’re a teacher, a physician, a mother, a neighbor, a veteran, or a suicide loss survivor or attempt survivor. We don’t always know who is struggling, but we do know that one conversation could save a life.


All week and during the month of September shared information and resources here and on our Facebook page.  Below are two press releases that were issued as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.


Vermont Crisis Text Line Resource

#BeThere:  Uniting to Raise Awareness and Education about Suicide Prevention




Volunteer or Internship Opportunities


Volunteer Opportunity:

Are you looking for meaningful volunteer work?  Are you a student needing a community service opportunity?  The Center for Health and Learning and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center are seeking a volunteer resource to assist our non-profit in various office tasks which support our mission-driven work.  We have a need for clerical assistance, filing, data entry, and assistance preparing for our many trainings and events that we carry out throughout the year.  If this kind of work interests you, please contact us at info@HealthAndLearning .org


Internship Opportunities:

If you are a student looking for an internship, we would be interested in hearing from you.  We may have an opportunity that meets your needs and assists us in carrying out our work.  We would be particularly interested in students who are in the field of public health, school health, suicide prevention, and mental health promotion - or someone that could assist us with online learning and other technology initiatives.  If you would like to learn more about potential internship opportunities at the Center for Health and Learning and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, please contact us at




  2018 Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium!


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Stoweflake Mountain Resort, Stowe Vermont


"It Takes All of Us:  Building Connections for Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan"

A conference for Educators, Health Care, and Community Providers


Thank you to all Attendees, Exhibitors, and our Sponsors



(check back as more are added when available)


Information about the 2018 Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium can be found here








Learn More About Suicide Prevention Through These Informative Articles


Understanding Suicide -  Learn more


Veterans and Suicide - Learn more


Survivors of Suicide - Vermont Resources Packet - Learn more


Survivors of Suicide and Those Exposed to Suicide - Learn more


Crisis Text Line - Learn more


Zero Suicide:  Transitions in Care - Learn more


PLEASE help support our Umatter programs by giving to our Global Giving Accelerator crowdfunding campaign.

Help make a difference! Your support is greatly appreciated. Donate HERE.











Would your School or Community benefit from Mental Health and/or Suicide Prevention Training?


We have multiple options for trainings in the following areas:


* Umatter for Schools

* Umatter for Youth and Young Adults

* Training-of Trainers

* Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

* Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention


We can work with you to create a training package that meets your specific needs.

Contact us at