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Umatter YYA Program for 2018-19 concludes

The Umatter YYA program for 2018-19 is complete. Overall, 12 schools and 68 youth participated and implemented Mental Health Wellness Community Action Projects in their schools. These projects included: mental health awareness week activities, an interactive play about healthy dating relationships, anxiety management resource information campaign, a school wide wellness day, and more. For a full list of [...]

Helping Youth Succeed-What Can VT Learn from Iceland’s Approach to Prevention?

Center for Health and Learning recently produced a webinar in partnership with Prevention Works VT, VT Afterschool, and New Directions Prevention Coalition.

Umatter Youth and Young Adult Program – Bellows Falls Regional Event

Bellows Falls Union High School and Compass School brought teams of students to participate in the Umatter YYA program last month.  These youth were excited to participate because they wanted to learn how to cope with their own stress and how to help their friends in distress.   The Umatter YYA program begins with a [...]

Umatter for Youth and Young Adults Program (Umatter YYA)

Umatter for Youth and Young Adults (Umatter YYA) is a youth leadership and engagement initiative.  The goal is to promote mental health wellness:  healthy coping mechanisms among youth and young adults, and the ability to recognize when a peer needs help and how to provide it.  The aim is to foster healthy community cultures for [...]

CHL Joins National and Vermont Public Health Associations in Celebrating National Public Health Week

Good health requires a daily commitment! In that spirit, this week, National Public Health Week - April 2-6, 2018 -  is a chance to think about how we can help ourselves, families and communities become healthier.

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, [...]

Opportunities in ESSA to Promote Health and Physical Education

“Addressing the health and well-being of America’s students is paramount to comprehensive education reform and a proven strategy for school turnaround.” American School Health Association Anyone who believes that healthier students are better learners wants to pay attention now to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the opportunities it provides. ESSA is the education [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]