Help • Hope • Healing
Suicide Prevention Advocacy Day Legislative Engagement
Hosted by Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition
Virtual Event — Monday, February 28
The sessions are open for legislators and anyone who wishes to learn more about best practices for suicide prevention.
The following topics will be addressed:
- Decreasing Suicide as Part of a Public Health Approach
- Suicide as a Public Health Issue
- The Critical Role of Mental Health Workforce in Suicide Prevention
- Why Means Reduction Strategies Matter
- The Importance of Lifelines and 988
- Barriers to Mental Health Care from Those with Lived Experience
- This session will highlight the voices of Vermonters with lived experience, focusing on the importance of reducing barriers to care to help prevent suicide.
Our mission is to create communities of hope throughout Vermont in which schools, agencies and people of all ages are given the knowledge, attitudes, skills and resources to respond effectively to suicidal behavior.
The VT Suicide Prevention Coalition (VTSPC) and the American Foundations for Suicide Prevention – Vermont Chapter (AFSP-VT) held a session on Thursday, February 25, 2021 entitled Suicide Prevention in Vermont for State Legislators- Stakeholder Voices. The goal of the session was to increase understanding about needs and recommended strategies.
The event attracted 49 attendees including state legislators, community members and those working in health and service organizations and state government. Presenters spoke on issues such as COVID and Mental Health, Ensuring Social Connections, Older Adults, LGBTQ+, Disabilities, Suicide Prevention Infrastructure, Lethal Means, BIPOC and At-Risk Populations.