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VT Suicide Prevention Coalition News

Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting is this Thursday!


Thursday, December 10, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am*

*Optional opportunity to chat and network from 8:30 am to 9:00 am.

Please register to receive a link to the virtual meeting via email before the meeting.

Meeting Agenda:
  • Opening, Welcome, Overview of Meeting 
  • Agency of Human Services Leadership Team Updates
  • Suicide Prevention Policy Priorities for 2021
  • Break
  • Review of Zero Suicide Evaluation and Logic Model
  • Peer Support in the Systems of Care
  • Symposium Planning Group
  • Upcoming Meeting Dates / Member Announcements

The Center for Health and Learning is Recruiting!

The Center for Health and Learning is a non-profit organization that works with community, state, and regional partners to address priority health issues through development of educational resources, training, policy work, and technical assistance. CHL works across sectors to improve health outcomes. Our staff and consultants apply expertise in health and education to design training, develop resources, and carry out research and evaluation.  We are looking for highly motivated professionals to support our Program work.

Program Specialist

Exciting full time career opportunity for someone with a passion for working with healthcare, education and community providers, and across sectors, to plan and carryout programmatic initiatives related to mental health promotion, suicide and substance use and misuse prevention. This remote position is in a well-established non-profit organization that addresses priority health issues. A major focus of this work is with health care partners on the implementation of the nationally vetted Zero Suicide model.  You will work with community, state, and national partners on the implementation of comprehensive approaches to suicide prevention, including Umatter®, a national best practice program developed by CHL. You will work in a team-based environment to manage projects, provide technical assistance, develop resources, and plan and offer professional development to support state and local health initiatives, largely focused in Vermont, and with regional and national reach. This search is actively underway - prompt application is encouraged. Click here for position description, qualifications, and to apply.
The Center for Health and Learning is pleased to announce that their video "What is Umatter® YYA", produced with the assistance of Brattleboro Community TV, has won the first place Community Impact award at the 2020 Nor'Easter Video Festival put on by the Alliance for Community Media - Northeast Regions (ACM-NE)!

Community Impact Awards recognize “Making a Difference” programs that generate community involvement and interest through awareness, empowerment or education. This 4 minute video describes our Umatter® for Youth and Young Adults program, a youth leadership initiative which promotes mental health wellness.

Many thanks to Cor Trowbridge and Ezlerh Oreste of Brattleboro Community Action Television for their outstanding work on this video. We are grateful for their partnership.

Here is a link to the award ceremony held on Facebook Live December 2, 2020:

The New Updated HELP? card has Arrived!

Feel free to download a copy to print. Posters will be available soon and cards can be requested in large quantity print.  
Contact for more information.

Upcoming Events

Umatter® Suicide Prevention Awareness December Webinar

December 9, 2020
Umatter Suicide Prevention Awareness Overview. Suicide is preventable and one of the first steps is to increase our awareness and skills for talking about it. Join us for an overview of the skill set needed to help identify those who may need support.


Virtual Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting

December 10, 2020
Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition Virtual Meeting on December 10, 2020


Ongoing Online Training

Umatter®: Preventing Substance Abuse in the School Community 

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Education (ATOD) Two Hour Online Short Course (K-12)

It is widely recognized that problems related to drug use, misuse, and abuse pervade our society at all levels.  While use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) can have a profound effect on many important aspects of an individual’s life, including mental, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual health and success in school and/or work, very few people have had any direct education about factors related to drug use. Education at the school and community level is critical to reducing problems that arise from ATOD use.



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