Jun 17, 2019

Building out Suicide Safer Care in Grand Isle

Jeff Benay presents on CRC
Jeff Benay presents on CRC

On May 23rd, 2019, thanks to funding from the University of Vermont's Collective Impact grant, the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center was honored to work with the Abenaki Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and Northwestern Region Counseling and Support Services (NCSS) to coordinate the Grand Isle Healthcare Provider Forum as part of the Connecting Rural Communities Project.  The three above named organizations came together with Community Health Centers of VT, Northwestern Medical Center, Veterans Administration, Supporting Services at Home, Visiting Nurse Association, UVM Medical Center and other healthcare providers to talk about building out suicide safer and culturally competent pathways to care in Grand Isle County. 

The Goal of "Connecting Rural Communities" is to improve suicide prevention efforts and access to behavioral health and health care in Grand Isle County, with a focus on providing culturally competent services to members of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi. In the first year of the grant, the three partnering groups met regularly to design and conduct interviews with consumers and providers of health and behavioral health services in Grand Isle; create a network map of services; plan and implement Umatter Training of Trainers and Cultural Competency trainings; and plan the culminating event, the Provider Forum.   

With a new grant from UVM Collective Impact, VTSPC, PAC, and NCSS will continue use new information from interviews and new relationships created by the interviews and the Forum to assess needs and capacities around suicide safer care; create culturally competent training materials based on input from Abenaki partners; and engage providers and community members in Umatter, Zero Suicide, and cultural competency trainings.

Tom Delaney presents on CRC
Tom Delaney presents on CRC
CRC Team!
CRC Team!
May 7, 2019

Umatter Training of Trainers offered in Grand Isle

Thank you, Fair Haven students!
Thank you, Fair Haven students!

CHL offers Umatter “Training of Trainers” in Grand Isle County

People are more likely to reveal their despair and intent to hurt themselves to the supportive people around them.  When prepared, youth, adults, and professionals can respond correctly when anyone needs help.  Umatter Suicide Prevention “Training of Trainers” (ToT) trains participants to identify, intervene, and get help for dealing with suicidal ideation.

The Center for Health and Learning provided a Training of Trainers to 12 community members from the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi in Grand Isle County.  This ToT was provided as part of “Connecting Rural Communities”—a grant from the University of Vermont’s Collective Impact fund.  

For Connecting Rural Communities, CHL, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services (a mental health provider in Grand Isle County) and the Parental Advisory Committee (a committee comprised of Abenaki parents, elders, students, and teachers which oversees educational and cultural supports for Abenaki children in area public schools) partnered to do an assessment of suicide safer services in Grand Isle.  CHL has applied for funding to continue the work of Connecting Rural Communities, and once funded, those who participated in the ToT will help train other professionals who come into contact with people at risk of suicide to recognize the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation and learn when and how to help. 

Thank you Fair Haven Union High School!

All of us at the Center for Health and Learning (CHL) and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VT-SPC) are grateful to the students and teachers at Fair Haven Union High School for organizing their Hoops for Hope fundraiser to support the work of the VT-SPC and programs like Umatter. 

Their hard work and dedication raised over $4,400 and helped increase important awareness about suicide prevention.

Help us continue this important work by making a recurring or one time donation so that we can reach more communities.  

Young people raising money for a good cause.
Young people raising money for a good cause.
Umatter ToT -- training for community members
Umatter ToT -- training for community members
Apr 10, 2019

Umatter Youth and Young Adult Event

YYA Activity: Fishbowl, changing mindsets
YYA Activity: Fishbowl, changing mindsets

Last month Bellows Falls Union High School and Compass School brought teams of students to participate in the Umatter Youth and Young Adult Program. These youth were excited to participate because they wanted to learn how to cope with their own stress and how to help their friends in distress.

The Umatter YYA program begins with a one day training event where youth learn the core components of how to maintain good mental health. This includes understanding the 5 dimensions of health, how to cope with stress, and develop a growth mindset. Using experiential games, videos, creative projects, and group discussion these concepts are explored and applied to real life examples.

When asked about the types of stressful situations youth are dealing with in their schools, participants listed dealing with problems within families, school violence, losing people close to them, difficulties in dating relationships, school work load, worries about life after high school, worrying about what others think of them, and talking in front of a large group of people.

By the end of the day, participants knowledge of how to deal with these situations in positive and constructive ways increased by 50%. They walked away with renewed focus on their strengths and how they can use them to help others.

The groups are now meeting regularly to plan and implement Community Action Projects. In May, these schools will join 10 other schools, who participated in the Umatter YYA statewide training event in January, to celebrate their work, inspire others, and determine how to continue to support their own and other’s mental wellness.

We are grateful for your support of our Golbal Giving project that makes this work possible. If you know a school that you think could participate in a Umatter YYA program, contact info@healthandlearning.org

YYA Activity Circle
YYA Activity Circle
YYA Bellows Falls Presentation
YYA Bellows Falls Presentation

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