September is National Suicide Prevention Month

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Posted: Sep 14, 2020| Categories: Uncategorized

Brattleboro, VT – The Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium: Bringing Resilience into Focus held August 18 attracted over 320 participants from various backgrounds including healthcare, social services, mental health, community-based organizations, state agencies, policy makers and people with lived experience. The opening featured messages from Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services and voices of Vermont Stakeholders.

All messages can be heard here:

The Symposium was planned and coordinated by VT Suicide Prevention Center, a public-private partnership of the Center for Health and Learning, under funding from VT Department of Mental Health, sponsors and donors. The Symposium VT Suicide Prevention Center, managed by the Center for Health and Learning, engaged community-wide stakeholders in Zero Suicide strategies, evidence-based practices, and lessons learned in the field. The Symposium encouraged innovative collaborations and aimed to disseminate new knowledge to the field about risk and protective factors and recommend strategies for working with vulnerable populations. This is especially important in Vermont where suicide rates are well above the national average.

People with lived experience were featured throughout the day in plenaries, workshops, and panels covering a wide range of topics including equity and social justice issues, strategies for preventing suicide among youth, older adults, LGBTQ+, law enforcement, veterans, and using strategies in telehealth, peer support, screening and safety planning in healthcare.

Workshops and Panels included:
Community Collaboration for Zero Suicide: The Lamoille County Experience
Zero Suicide Pathway to Care: Addressing Challenges for Systems Engagement
Integrating Suicide Focused Care in Primary and Specialty Care
Leveraging your Experience While Honoring the Sacred for Persons with Lived Experience
Reframing Resiliency: Doing More and Asking Less Of The LGBTQIA+ Community
Telehealth & Suicide Prevention: Supporting Mental Health Clients Remotely
Lethal Means Safety and Suicide Prevention: New Approaches for Firearm Safe Storage Counseling Care Transitions: Best Practices, Innovation, and Community-based Connections
Comprehensive Suicide Prevention in K-12 Schools
Strategies for Engaging Students in Success and Building Resilience
The Nature and Roles of Mental Health Peer Support

Beginning on September 14th those who previously registered have complete access to session recordings and slides by signing in at, or if you are not registered you may visit to sign up.

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