MONTPELIER, Vt., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, February 11, 2016, volunteers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will attend a press conference "Pressing Forward with Zero Suicide in Vermont" in the state capitol beginning at 11 a.m. EST in the Cedar Creek Room. This press conference will be followed by a lunch and briefing in the Ethan Allen Room organized by the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center, and then at 1 p.m., the Coalition members will be introduced. After the briefing, a Joint House Resolution on suicide prevention will be read in the Vermont House Chamber.
"In Vermont each year we lose almost twice as many people to suicide than to motor vehicle crashes. We need to make our state lawmakers understand that suicide prevention is a public health issue and should be a priority to help save the lives of Vermonters," said Linda Livendale, chair of the AFSP Vermont Chapter who lost her son Joe to suicide in 2004.
The lunch and briefing "Suicide Prevention in Vermont -Pressing Forward" is being hosted by the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center. The session will be moderated by JoEllen Tarallo-Falk, Director of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center. The speakers include: Secretary Hal Cohen, Agency of Human Services; Dr. Steve Boer, director of Behavioral Health Services, Northwest Counseling & Support Services; Dr. Tom Delaney, suicide researcher and evaluator, and Kelly Short, suicide loss survivor.
Following the briefing, in the House Chamber a Joint Resolution on suicide prevention will be read aloud. The AFSP Vermont Chapter thanks Rep. Joanna Cole and Sen. Becca Balint for sponsoring this Joint Resolution.
Suicide in Vermont
Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in Vermont. It's is the leading cause of death for children aged 10-14, the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-34, and the third leading cause of death for people aged 35-44. Over 7 times as many people in Vermont die by suicide than by homicide each year.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that's smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention