Vermont Suicide Prevention Day at the State House

By Laurie Emerson  |  February 11, 2020  |  Featured News,Home

Join NAMI Vermont and other co-sponsors at the State House for Vermont Suicide Prevention Day as we advocate for “SUICIDE PREVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN”.

On February 13th from 8:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m., 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:                  8:30 am – 2 pm
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:

Contact: JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES, FASHA, HC
Center for Health and Learning / Vermont Suicide Prevention Center
Brattleboro, VT

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