Mar 20, 2019

Update from the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center

Resolution Reading in House Chamber
Resolution Reading in House Chamber

On February 14th, the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VT-SPC) hosted Suicide Prevention Day at the State House in Montpelier with our partner, the VT Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP-VT). We are grateful to AFSP-VT for planning, implementing, and funding the event with us. Great connections were made with legislators, while VT-SPC members and AFSP advocates gained knowledge and skills around suicide prevention advocacy.

The day focused on Suicide Safe Pathways in Health Care. Attendees joined a press conference and a training on talking to legislators, followed by lunchtime meetings with legislators and adoption of a Suicide Prevention Resolution in the House Chamber, as well as a special remembrance where flowers were handed to legislators in memory of Vermonters lost to suicide. The event was co-hosted by Rep. Anne Donahue and co-organized with AFSP-VT on behalf of the VTSP Coalition, which represents more than 70 organizations and individuals concerned about suicide.

This spring, on May 16th and June 6th, the VT-SPC will host the Zero Suicide Practice Institute in Monpelier, VT. Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health and mental health care systems. It involves the implementation of a set of evidence-based tools and strategies used in a strong pathway of care for people who are suicidal.

Composed of two full days of teamwork and learning from national speakers and Vermont colleagues, the Zero Suicide Practice Institute brings together mental health, health care, state, and local teams to establish a common frame of reference, language and understanding of the use of evidence-based tools for screening, assessment, treatment and follow-up. Teams will conclude the Institute steeped in an understanding of Zero Suicide, with knowledge about their organizations’ capacity and readiness to implement the tools and processes.

VT-SPC is a public-private partnership with the Vermont Agency of Human Services, foundations, individuals and organizations. Created by the Center for Health and Learning (CHL), our mission is to create health promoting communities, in which people have the knowledge, attitudes, skills and resources to reduce the risk of suicide in Vermont. Your support of our Global Giving Project, Umatter and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, gives us the funding we need to advance this work.

Please consider continuing to help us expand the reach of our programs by clicking on the "Give Now" button below to make a recurring donation that will provide long term support for the VTSPC. You can learn more about our work by visiting www.vtspc.org and www.healthandlearning.org.

Thank you for your support.

VTSP Coalition Members: Lila Bennet, Terri Lavely
VTSP Coalition Members: Lila Bennet, Terri Lavely
Julia Hampton (VT-SPC) hands flower to legislator
Julia Hampton (VT-SPC) hands flower to legislator

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Feb 7, 2019

News from Umatter - Suicide Prevention in New England

2018 Suicide Prevention Symposium Stowe, Vermont
2018 Suicide Prevention Symposium Stowe, Vermont

The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VTSPC) is a public-private partnership with the Vermont Agency of Human Services, foundations, individuals and organizations. Created by the Center for Health and Learning (CHL), the mission of the VTSPC is to create health promoting communities, in which people have the knowledge, attitudes, skills and resources to reduce the risk of suicide in Vermont.

Your support of our GlobalGiving Project, Umatter - Suicide Prevention in New England, gives us the funding we need to advance this work and we truly appreciate your support.

On Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 9am to 2pm at the State House in Montpelier, CHL staff will host Suicide Prevention Day with the VTSPC and the Vermont Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The day will focus on Suicide Safe Pathways in Health Care and attendees will have the opportunity to attend a press conference and a training on talking to legislators, to be followed by lunchtime meetings with legislators and a special remembrance of Vermonters lost to suicide.

At the event we will give out our latest VTSPC Impact Report to legislators and other attendees. You can view it here to see more details of how our training, outreach and education build awareness and knowledge to help bring an end to the devastating problem of suicide in our communities.

In 2018 VTSPC trained 1,149 people in Suicide Prevention and overall our efforts to move forward our suicide prevention work focused on:

  • Creating Prevention Prepared Schools and Communities through our national best practice program, Umatter Suicide Prevention, which trains youth, school groups and communities in suicide prevention
  • Creating Suicide Safe Pathways to Care through our Zero Suicide approach with healthcare organizations, and
  • Our work to develop Suicide Prevention Infrastructure in Vermont with information and outreach, as well as events like Legislative Day, Coalition meetings, and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

These programs are important resources within our communities and we continually hear that our work is making a difference. We could not do this without your support and we are very grateful for your donations. I hope you will take the time to look over all the information in our Impact Report and please consider continuing to help us expand the reach of our programs by clicking on the "Give Now" button below to make a recurring donation that will provide long term support for the VTSPC.

You can also learn more about all of our work by visiting www.vtspc.org and www.healthandlearning.org. Thank you and best wishes for the new year.

CHL Director, JoEllen Tarallo, at 2018 Symposium
CHL Director, JoEllen Tarallo, at 2018 Symposium
Umatter Display
Umatter Display
Umatter YYA Training in Barre, Vermont
Umatter YYA Training in Barre, Vermont
Zero Suicide Training Welcome, Montpelier, Vermont
Zero Suicide Training Welcome, Montpelier, Vermont

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Jan 11, 2019

Umatter Youth & Young Adult Suicide Prevention

2019 Umatter YYA Leaders
2019 Umatter YYA Leaders

CHL’s Umatter for Youth and Young Adults (Umatter YYA) is a youth leadership and engagement initiative that includes a full day of interactive training with peers statewide, design and implementation of a Community Action Project (CAP) in their school community, and presentation of a CAP at the local or state level. The program helps create a comprehensive strategy in schools for suicide prevention by providing students with mental health promotion skills and engaging them as community leaders.

Core content and skills of Umatter YYA include mindset, assessing personal strengths, assets and risks, resiliency, stress, self-care, strength and risk-based coping skills and consequences, recognizing signs of distress in self and others/peers, knowing what to say and do, and help-seeking.

On January 17th, CHL is kicking off this year’s Umatter YYA program by inviting schools to send a group of students with adult advisors to the Umatter YYA statewide training event at the Vermont Technical College campus in Randolph, VT. The goal is to promote mental health wellness by teaching healthy coping skills, as well as the ability to recognize when a peer needs help and how to help. This event is led by youth in partnership with adults, and we encourage groups to be composed of youth from a variety of backgrounds.

Participants will gain the background knowledge and curriculum needed to plan a CAP that is designed to promote mental health and resiliency in their community, and address issues such as bullying, substance use and suicide prevention. Umatter YYA groups will then feature their CAPs at a statewide Youth Summit to be held in the spring, which is being planned by a statewide Youth Advisory Council and as a collaboration of multiple organizations.

Young people in middle and high school ages 13-18, as well as youth in transition to adulthood ages 18-21, are invited to participate in Umatter YYA with the support of adult advisors. Currently, we have nine school groups confirmed, with 14 adults and 72 youth participating. Some of the youth participating also attended our Umatter YYA Youth Leadership Facilitator Training on December 11, 2018 and will be joining the group as leaders in the January training.

These programs are important resources within our communities that provide students with the tools they need to navigate life’s challenges. We are very grateful for the support you have given us, which helps us continue to expand the reach of our work in schools and communities. Please consider continuing your support by clicking on the "Give Now" button below to make a recurring donation that will provide long term support of our Umatter programs.

You can also learn more about all of our work by visiting our website at www.healthandlearning.org. Thank you and best wishes for a peaceful new year.

Youth Leadership Training in Rutland, Vermont
Youth Leadership Training in Rutland, Vermont
Youth Leadership Training in Rutland, Vermont
Youth Leadership Training in Rutland, Vermont
 
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