The Center for Health & Learning (CHL) has been a dedicated provider of suicide prevention and public health education programs for 20 years. With the VT Suicide Prevention Center, CHL has been integrally involved in the prevention of suicide across multiple settings. CHL also developed Umatter, connecting schools and communities with practices that save lives and promote institutional knowledge and helping care providers, educational leaders, young adults, and professionals prevent suicide.
Suicide in VT and the Northeast remains a growing public health issue. More than 10x as many people die by suicide in Vermont annually than by homicide, and on average, one person dies by suicide every three days. The Departments of Health in Vermont have taken seriously the need to expand collective suicide prevention efforts and applying CHL's important practices have been shown to improve prevention outcomes across continuums. Regrettably, Vermont's numbers for suicide rates remain high.
Addressing the challenge of suicide requires statewide and community efforts focused on root causes and personal and professional skill building. CHL and The VT Suicide Prevention Center provide resources to reduce risk and improve care. Here's what one professional has said about CHL: "Were it not for the trainings CHL offers, the school community would not have the depth of knowledge about suicide prevention, nor the tools to intervene when a student or teaching associate is in crisis."
CHL promotes systems change with long-term positive outcomes. Our protocols include Face-to-Face trainings, practice improvements, and online supports for promoting health and resiliency and evidence-based strategies with the best chance to deliver 360-degree education where and when people need it most. The impact of CHL's programs widely implemented and scaled is positive movement away from crisis intervention and towards optimal connectivity and health for all.
CHL home page
The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center site
A description of all of CHL's Umatter Programs.