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.

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.




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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.

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


Research from past disease outbreaks and studies of other humanitarian crises suggest that people may become more vulnerable to self-harming and suicidal behaviors during these times. Extended disruptions in the lives of individuals, families and communities can impact mental health.

Not all impacts are negative, but many are. People are more likely to experience loss, anxiety and depression; the painful impacts of unemployment and financial stress. The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont has compiled a helpful tip sheet which identifies important resources in VT for caring for self and others and for help-seeking during these times.

Download the resource sheet:

Save the Date!

Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

August 18, 2020
 More details coming soon.


Preventing Suicide and Increasing Resilience in Communities


The Symposium will engage a broad array of stakeholders to expand community based and cross sector approaches to suicide.

Healthcare, social services, substance misuse and mental health providers across a continuum of care, representatives of community based organizations and state agencies that serve youth, families and adults across the lifespan, local and state policy makers, people with lived experience.

1)    Empower and engage community-wide stakeholders in Zero Suicide strategies, evidence-based practices, and lessons learned.
2)    Facilitate connections between substance misuse and suicide prevention stakeholders and programs to advance effective prevention strategies.
3)    Share community-based approaches to suicide prevention including new ways to form innovative collaborations.
4)    Increase knowledge about risk and protective factors and recommended strategies for working with vulnerable populations. 
Please mark your calendars and share with others!
Join the Planning Committee! - please contact if you are interested in participating!
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 […] Read more
Elisabeth Betsy LeBlanc will hike the 210 mile John Muir Trail to raise awareness for suicide prevention and support the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center’s program Umatter. Read more
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 […] Read more
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 […] Read more
Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and mental health care systems. Read more
Posted in collaboration with VPR - By SAWYER LOFTUS • JUN 4, 2019 Listen to the VPR Broadcast! More people died from gunshots in Vermont in 2018 than any year […] Read more
Middlebury Actors Workshop is thrilled to present the Vermont premiere of the extraordinary one-person show, Every Brilliant Thing.  A long running hit in both London’s East End and New York […] Read more
May is Child Mental Health Awareness Month. The focus this year is suicide prevention. Read more
Bellows Falls Union High School and Compass School brought teams of students to participate in the Umatter YYA program last month.  These youth were excited to participate because they wanted […] Read more
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has released the first-ever National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide ( in entertainment content, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […] Read more


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Vermont Suicide

Prevention Symposium

 August 18, 2020
 More details coming soon.



Upcoming Events by Partner Organizations




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