Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

Preventing Suicide

UMatter is designed to reach youth, to promote help-seeking behavior and build resiliency. A UMatter companion site for adult helpers provides information and resources about risk factors, warning signs and what to do to help a young person in a mental health crisis.Suicide (taking one’s own life) is a serious public health problem that devastates individuals, families, and communities. It is one of the leading causes of death among Americans.

Completed suicides are only part of the problem. More people are hospitalized or treated and released as a result of suicide attempts than are fatally injured.

While suicide is often viewed as a response to a single stressful event, it is a far more complicated issue.

Services, Information, and Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Dial "2-1-1"
Vermont 2-1-1 is a 24/7 live health and human services information and referral service for all of Vermont.

Vermont Department of Mental Health

Suicide Facts (Centers for Disease Control)

Warning signs of suicide
American Association of Suicidology

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

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The Vermont Suicide Prevention Platform

The Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Platform is the product of a coordinated approach to reducing suicide and suicidal behaviors. The Department of Health, the Department of Mental Health, and a suicide prevention planning team in conjunction with an advocacy group, Vermonters for Suicide Prevention, have developed the goals for this platform:

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