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Vermont Suicide Coalition partners press conference and daylong event on suicide prevention

On February 13th, an important all-day event at the State House in Montpelier brings together an integrated coalition of public health partners to raise awareness and generate support for a set of Recommendations put forth by the AHS Suicide Prevention Work Group to Governor Phil Scott for suicide prevention. The Recommendations focus on Zero Suicide in healthcare, support for the Lifelines Call Response line in VT, elder and veteran care, and mobile support efforts for at-risk individuals throughout the state. Press and public are invited.

Members of the press are invited to attend the press conference and all program sessions. For details see:

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2019
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: State House, 115 State St, Montpelier, VT 05633

Agenda: VT Suicide Prevention Day – “Suicide Prevention Across The Lifespan”

8:30-9:45a AFSP training for Coalition members (register at:
10:00-11:00a Press Conference – Cedar Creek
9:00-12:00p Testimony: House Healthcare Committee, & Senate Health and Welfare
Noon -1:00p Lunch with Legislators – Cafeteria
12:45p-1:00p Survivors’ Remembrance – flower handouts for legislators – Chamber
1:00p – 2:00p Resolution: Introduction of VTSPC Coalition by Representatives – Chamber

Press Conference Confirmed Speakers:

Representative Anne Donahue
Secretary Mike Smith, AHS
Commissioner Sarah Squirrel, DMH
Deputy Commissioner Mourning Fox, DMH
Alison Krompf, Director of Quality Improvement, DMH
JoEllen Tarallo, Executive Director, Center for Health and Learning, Director, VTSPC

The all-day State House February 13th event will be co-sponsored by representatives from AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), DAIL (Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living), the Department of Mental Health, SASH (Support And Services at Home), The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at White River Junction , Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc (VPQHC), The Vermont Department of Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Vermont), Vermont Care Partners, The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VTSPC)and CHL (the Center for Health and Learning). Together, we can.

The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VTSPC) is a public-private partnership advised by a statewide coalition that consists of representatives from public health, education, state agencies, suicide prevention advocacy groups, youth leadership, mental health services and survivors throughout the state. VTSPC provides gatekeeper trainings; public awareness and interactive campaigns; and programs shown to reduce stigmas and improve connection points for issues associated with mental health. VTSPC is advised by a broad interdisciplinary and cross-sector Advisory Group with representatives of People With Lived Experience. To learn more visit: and:

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