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Vermont Suicide
Prevention Coalition

Save the Date!
 The next VTSPC Coalition meeting is:
December 12, 2019
Capital Plaza, Montpelier, VT
9am - 1pm

The meeting will include:

  • An update on Agency of Human Services report to the Legislature
  • Planning for Suicide Prevention Advocacy Day 
  • Presentations and discussion about Comprehensive Community Approaches to Suicide Prevention 
  • Coalition member networking and announcements

 

VTSPC NEWS:
Invitation to Join Advocacy Committee
 
We are beginning to plan for Suicide Prevention Advocacy Day at the statehouse to be held mid-February.  We need Coalition members who are willing to help develop the theme and activities of the day, help with outreach and logistics.  

We will meet virtually at least once before the holidays and 2-3 times in January and early February.

Please contact Julia if you are interested: julia@healthandlearning.org or 802-254-6590

Report on Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide Prevention Month Report Shows Broadening Suicide Prevention Awareness Thanks To Local Media Participation
Thanks to regional media partners, platforms and agencies across Vermont, the word about suicide prevention awareness and support is getting out.

As part of September’s Suicide Prevention Month, Brattleboro’s Center For Health And Learning (C|H|L) played an active part of the national movement to bolster public education around ongoing suicide prevention strategies, training, and funding needs. Suicide remains a growing public health concern across Vermont and the region, and C|H|L works with an array of regional media to promote better understanding, best practices, programs and resources.
Read the Blog Post
We produced content for 30 posts on Facebook, and 21 posts on Twitter which garnered the following stats:
  • Facebook Reach - 5,010 (167/day avg) 
  • Twitter Impressions - 4,800 (160/day avg) 
Some of our posts that performed well for suicide prevention month include:
 

Opportunity for those with lived experience

Every year, VTSPC participates in the annual American Association of Sucidology’s national conference.
 
It is a time to learn about the most recent research, network with people from across the country, and be inspired and educated in the work we do.  We always bring back new resources to Vermont and the Coalition.  
 
This year, AAS is offering four scholarships to fund people with lived experience of suicidal thoughts and/or actions in attending the 2020 annual conference in Portland, OR, from April 22-25.
 
The Lived to Tell scholarship will cover conference registration fees, up to $500 in airfare, a private room in a local Airbnb with other scholarship winners, daily ground travel and meal per diem, and a one-year membership to AAS. Scholarships will be awarded on bases of merit, financial need, and increasing diverse representation.
 
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Resilience Data from Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Vermont Department of Health published compelling data sheets to show how resilience measures relate to risk taking behavior and mental health challenges in our young people. 

The report begins: 

“Resiliency helps individuals bounce back from adversity and support positive health outcomes. Prevention and youth development efforts have typically addressed reducing specific health risk behaviors, such as not using alcohol or doing drugs, not engaging in unsafe sexual behaviors, or not engaging in violent activities. However, research suggests that a greater health impact might be achieved by also enhancing protective factors or helping youth become resilient. This in turn influences one’s ability to overcome adversity and reduce or avoid multiple behaviors that place them at risk for adverse health and educational outcomes.”

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