Marijuana and Mental Health: Policymakers Should Consider Impacts

The impact of legalization of marijuana is far more involved than we may anticipate, including the potential for long-term debilitating effects on personal health, and an impact on educational and health care systems. JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES, FASHA, Director, CHL Should we be concerned about increased use of marijuana, now commonly referred to as cannabis, [...]

Umatter Suicide Prevention and Describe Our Work

September was Suicide Prevention Month, which brought awareness to the fact that suicide is a preventable public health issue. Two events in fall 2016 brought this awareness one step further, helping Vermonters take those preventative steps. Umatter, the statewide suicide prevention campaign, emphasizes that “you matter because you may be able to help someone,” and [...]

2017-02-22T11:51:53+00:00 Suicide Prevention|

Collaborative Effort To Reduce Gun Suicides Focuses On Outreach

Vermont’s suicide rate is higher than the national average by about 30 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2014 Vermont’s rate was 19 people per 100,000,compared to 13 per 100,000 nationally. Additionally, 48 percent of Vermont suicides involved guns. Since last year, firearms groups and suicide prevention advocates have been working together [...]

2017-02-22T11:51:53+00:00 Suicide Prevention|

Is Zero Suicide Possible?

Zero Suicide is a commitment to suicide prevention in health care systems and is also a specific set of strategies. Listen to our Executive Director, Dr. JoEllen Tarallo - along with Dr. Stephen Broer, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services - discuss suicide prevention strategies in this live interview with [...]

2017-02-22T11:51:53+00:00 Suicide Prevention|

Vermont Walks Out of the Darkness

Three Vermont locations will host Out of the Darkness Walks in the months of September and October, to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  Individuals are invited to walk or to donate to a walker. AFSP has set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025, [...]

2017-02-22T11:51:53+00:00 Suicide Prevention|

Suicide Prevention Requires More than Just Heroic Efforts

Last night I read the heartbreaking Facebook entry of a Vermont mother who lost her daughter to suicide five years ago. Her daughter would have been 21 today. She implored anyone suffering from suicidal thoughts to reach out and get help. What happens when someone asks for help? If you ask people what you should [...]

2017-02-22T11:51:53+00:00 Suicide Prevention|

World Suicide Prevention Day: Connect, Communicate, Care

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5 – 11, 2016, and World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, 2016. WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY: CONNECT, COMMUNICATE, CARE Saturday, September 10, marks World Suicide Prevention Day, a day to create awareness of the preventable public health crisis of suicide. Every individual in a community can take an [...]

2017-02-22T11:51:53+00:00 Suicide Prevention|

Unusual Partnership Aims to Reduce Suicide in Vermont

By Kyle Midura, WCAX.com MONTPELIER, Vt. -Those who work in the business of guns long enough must come to terms with the possibility that they'll sell a weapon to someone preparing to take their own life with it."I remember the guy, I remember the event, it's something that you don't really let go of. It doesn't [...]

2017-02-22T11:51:53+00:00 News, Suicide Prevention|

VERMONT GUN SHOP PROJECT – One Year Update

The Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition invites you to a PRESS CONFERENCE that will provide a one-year update on the VERMONT GUN SHOP PROJECT, an ongoing collaboration among the Vermont Department of Mental Health; the Vermont Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs, Inc.; Gun Owners of Vermont; and the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center.

2017-02-22T11:51:53+00:00 News, Suicide Prevention|