We Work To Eliminate Suicide In Vermont

OUR MISSION

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

The Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition consists of over 70 representatives from public health, education, state agencies, suicide prevention advocacy groups, youth leadership, mental health services and survivors throughout the state.

Umatter®

Umatter® training promotes natural and professional helping based on best practice, with a focus on
communication, coping and help-seeking skills.

A commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems.

A commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems.

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Updates

Suicide Safer Care Initiatives

According to the Association for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in Vermont. On average in Vermont, every three days one person dies by suicide. Nationwide, suicide deaths are on the rise, with the rate of men dying by suicide rising the fastest. With this in mind, it is important to increase awareness of suicide prevention strategies that are available.
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Suicide Prevention Among School-aged Youth

Hasan Davis As we all know September is back to school month and whether students are returning to school, learning remotely or a combination of both, it is important to pay special attention to their mental health needs. In addition to the day to day stress felt by youth and young adults (YYAs) due to current events, they may have feelings of isolation due to lack of social involvement. YYAs today are faced with a multitude of factors that can influence their mental health. The sudden unexpected changes in the world around them can cause stress, anxiety or cause current…
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Learn More About Suicide Prevention Through These Informative Articles

Understanding Suicide

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VT Suicide Prevention Center (VTSPC) promotes public and well informed conversation about suicide prevention in Vermont. There is a pressing need to understand the prevalence of suicide as a public health problem and that there are effective approaches to preventing it.

Veterans and Suicide

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Over 42,000 deaths by suicide occur in the United States each year and 18% of those are Veterans while Veterans constitute only 8.5% of the US population. An average of 20 Veterans died by suicide each day and 6 of those 20 were users of VA health care services.

Survivors of Suicide

Vermont Resources Packet

The VTSPC, 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.

Survivors of Suicide

Those Exposed to Suicide

Suicide is an event that impacts entire communities. People exposed to a suicide include not just the family and friends, but also first responders, those who discovered the suicide, health care workers and people in the schools, communities and workplaces where the families and friends live and work.

VT Crisis Text Line

Text VT to 741741

The Vermont Crisis Text Line connects individuals with professional help through a free, 24/7 text support line.  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 – and you will receive an automated text response, followed by a response from a live Crisis Counselor.

Zero Suicide

Transitions in Care

Zero Suicide, a key concept of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, 2012, is a coordinated systems approach to suicide prevention, with the belief that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and mental health systems are preventable. Zero Suicide starts with leadership commitment to examine suicide prevention and treatment across the organization.

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PLEASE help support our Umatter® programs! Umatter® has connected schools and communities with practices that save lives, helping care providers, educational leaders, young adults, and professionals prevent suicide. Help make a difference! Your support is greatly appreciated. Donate below.

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