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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

 

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 info@HealthAndLearning.org

 

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: https://bit.ly/3cEcZkH

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.

Audience:
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.

Objectives:
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 Beth@healthandlearning.org if you are interested in participating!
 
A large study published this year found significant results related to heavy alcohol use and male suicide risk. Among men, those who died by suicide experienced an 8% increase in […] Read more
Last night I read the heartbreaking Facebook entry of a Vermont mother who lost her daughter to suicide five years ago. Her daughter would have been 21 today. She implored […] Read more
By Kyle Midura, WCAX.com MONTPELIER, Vt. -Those who work in the business of guns long enough must come to terms with the possibility that they’ll sell a weapon to someone preparing […] Read more
ZERO SUICIDE - A commitment to suicide prevention in health and behavioral health care systems.   Zero Suicide, a project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), is a key […] Read more
Suicide is a public health issue that affects individuals and families of all ages, socio-economic groups, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Stigma, myths and social attitudes about suicide can make […] Read more
Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide© https://www.sprc.org/keys-success/safe-messaging-reporting Developed in collaboration with: American Association of Suicidology, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Annenberg Public Policy Center, Associated Press Managing Editors, Canterbury Suicide Project […] Read more
An important objective of suicide prevention is to remove the stigma associated with suicide and mental health issues so that people will be more likely to seek the help they […] Read more
Suicide statistics for Vermont by region, age, sex and education status 2001 - 2014. Read more

 

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SAVE THE DATE!

Vermont Suicide

Prevention Symposium

 August 18, 2020
 More details coming soon.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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 info@healthandlearning.org