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VT Suicide Prevention Coalition News

Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition Meeting Held on World Suicide Prevention Day

Minutes Slides Recording
Thank you all for your continued engagement in the Coalition. Seventeen people attended the Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition (VTSPC) meeting that was held virtually on September 10, 2020, World Suicide Prevention Day. We had representatives from the following organizations and agencies: Department for Mental Health, UVM College of Medicine, National Alliance on Mental Health VT, Vermont Department of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Support and Services at Home, and PATHWAYS VT. People with lived experience and private practice clinicians attended as well.



Vermont Awarded $3.8 Million Grant For Suicide Prevention

Governor Phil Scott announced on September 10, 2020 that Vermont has received $3.8 million in federal funding for suicide prevention. The five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will support the implementation and evaluation of the state’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention in Vermont. The announcement coincided with the observance of World Suicide Prevention Day.  
Here is the Need HELP? card.
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

Introduction to Zero Suicide in Vermont October Webinar

October 21, 2020
Zero Suicide is a set of evidence-based principles and practices for preventing suicide within health and mental health systems.  The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care are preventable.


Umatter for Schools: Virtual Youth Suicide Prevention Training

October 27, 2020 to December 18, 2020
Umatter® for Schools is a national best practice program for suicide prevention developed by Center for Health & Learning. This newly designed online training consists of 3-4 Zoom meetings and Moodle coursework over 6 weeks.


Umatter for Youth and Young Adults

November 4, 2020
Statewide Virtual Kickoff Event
Umatter® for Youth and Young Adults (YYA) is a youth leadership and engagement initiative that includes interactive training, design and implementation of Community Action Project (CAP) in their school community, and presentation of CAP at an event with their peers.


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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