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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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Vermont Awarded $3.8 Million Grant For Suicide Prevention

Governor Phil Scott announced on September 10, 2020 that Vermont has received $3.8 million in federal funding for suicide prevention. The five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will support the implementation and evaluation of the state’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention in Vermont. The announcement coincided with the observance of World Suicide Prevention Day.
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Moving Forward, Some Things Remain Constant

To VTSPC friends and partners,  Last week I saw a Facebook post of a dear colleague who works in healthcare that pulled at my heartstrings. It spoke about the difficult decisions people are facing regarding personal and family safety and work responsibilities.  I know this colleague has the resources (mind, body and spirit) to pull off what is being asked. She also has food, water and shelter – the basic necessities of life, upon which we are all reflecting about, more each day. Still… I have been thinking a lot about how we will get through this. The logical order…
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Prevention And Intervention: Vermont Reaches For ‘Zero Suicides’

Originally Published on By JANE LINDHOLM, MATTHEW F. SMITH & KAREN ANDERSON •  SEP 18, 2019 Have a listen to the Interview! The “zero suicide” initiative teaches the basics of suicide prevention the same way we teach first-aid or CPR, training people on how to talk about suicide, how to identify risk factors, ways to reduce suicides and what help is available in Vermont. We’re discussing suicide prevention and intervention with experts from Windham, Washington and Chittenden Counties. For this discussion on suicide prevention efforts in Vermont, we’ll talk with Charlotte McCorkel, senior director of client services at Burlington’s Howard Center; Dr. JoEllen Tarallo, executive director of…
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Umatter® YYA Program for 2018-19 concludes

The Umatter® YYA program for 2018-19 is complete. Overall, 12 schools and 68 youth participated and implemented Mental Health Wellness Community Action Projects in their schools. These projects included: mental health awareness week activities, an interactive play about healthy dating relationships, anxiety management resource information campaign, a school wide wellness day, and more. For a full list of project descriptions, click here. To culminate the success of the program, six schools attended the Youth Summit event on May 30, 2019 at Vermont Technical College. The Umatter® Youth Leadership Council did an amazing job facilitating the day. Each group shared their Community…
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The VT Suicide Prevention Coalition met at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction

June 18, 2019: Thank you to all who participated in the VT Suicide Prevention Coalition meeting!  Topics discussed included: The numerous trainings happening around the stateSupports for survivorsInformation on the Quechee Gorge bridge barrierSuicide attempt data from the New England Poison Control CenterThe new AFSP sponsored Advocacy CommitteeResources from the AAS Conference Read the complete meeting minutes from June 18 HERE. VT Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting Presentation Northern New England Poison Center Presentation Quechee Gorge Bridge Presentation Photos from the event
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Reflections on AAS National Conference – 2019

This years AAS National Conference, (#aas2019) with a combination of plenary and break-out sessions, was a huge success thanks to the many presenters and participants who converged in Denver.  Thank you to the American Association of Suicidology for organizing this event, and the many sponsors who made this possible. The conference included presentations from a variety of academic and professional disciplines, including anthropology, biology, behavioral economics, philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, theology/religion, media and entertainment, and evolutionary theory.  Two participants, Dr. Debra A. Lopez, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, a survivor of family loss, and is a VTSPC…
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