To create health-promoting communities, in which people have the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and resources to reduce the risk of suicide in VT
Resources for Addressing the Netflix Series
"13 Reasons Why"
Use the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" as a teachable moment in your school or community. Get resources and view a webinar presented by ASCA, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Association of School Psychologists.
Webinar: Teachable Moment Using "13 Reasons Why" To Initiate a Helpful Conversation -Watch on YouTube
Other Resources: "13 Reasons Why" Talking Points from the Jed Foundation: Download PDF
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How Suicide Attempts Impact Vermont Emergency Departments and Hospitals
You might be surprised to learn that it is estimated that there are 32 suicide attempts for every suicide death. In Vermont, this would translate to over 3,000 suicide attempts being made in just one year.
In 2014, there were 326 hospitalizations and 1,183 Emergency Department (ED) visits for suicide attempts among VT residents throughout VT hospitals – yet that total number of 1,509 is not the total number of suicide attempts in that year. That total does not include less severe cases which may have been treated in a physician’s office, outpatient facility or by an EMT. Also not captured in this statistic, are people who have suicidal thoughts, those who make a suicide plan, or people who have depressive disorders that do not seek care or interact with the health care system. Read More
What We Know about Suicide
Nationally and in Vermont
Suicide is a public health issue that affects individuals and families of all ages, socio-economic groups, and of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Social attitudes about suicide influence the ability of people to get the help they need and often make it difficult to offer support after an attempt or death.
Nationally, more than 40,000 people take their own lives each year which amounts to 13 per 100,000 people. In Vermont in recent years, there have been 107 suicides annually for a rate of almost 17 deaths per 100,000 people. This is higher than the combined number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents, homicides and drownings in Vermont. Read More
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Public and Private Partners
The VT Suicide Prevention Center is a public - private partnership that is funded through an allocation from the Vermont legislature, Foundation Grants, Corporate Sponsors and individual and organizational donors.
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Brattleboro VT 05301