Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium 2021

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Pre-Symposium Webinars

Pre-Symposium- Sustaining Yourself at Work

Current research supports that we, employees of systems and organizations, cannot produce desired outcomes for those we serve without a stable, engaged, and healthy workforce. As helping professionals, our wellbeing is affected; we oftentimes take care of others and forget to tend to our own needs in the process. This training will provide an understanding of how to sustain yourself in the work by providing key learnings and mindset shift.
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Introduction

Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium: Introduction

Running Through The Fields Of Life To Reach One Another Presented By: Jodi Girouard, B.A. in Education and English, PWLE A five minute video on reaching out to help one another, giving hope, and reading the poem, Running through Fields. Suicide Prevention in Vermont: Retrospective and Look Forward Presented by: JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES, and Alison Krompf, …
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Keynotes

Moving Forward Together, Connectivity is The Key

Presented by: Victor Armstrong, MSW Lessons learned from the COVID-19: The role of clinicians, policy makers, providers, advocates, and lived mental  experience in moving us forward. Connection and intersectionality are the keys Presentation Summary: The coronavirus pandemic, in conjunction with the civil unrest experienced throughout 2020, left an indelible impression on our country. This …
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Protective Factors in Suicide Prevention- Why It’s Important to Understand the Good Stuff

Presented by: David Rettew, MD This presentation will take a positive psychiatry perspective on suicide prevention and describe how qualities such as connectedness, optimism, and self-efficacy can help reduce suicidality. Presentation Summary: A great deal of suicide prevention work is appropriately focused on identifying and addressing risk factors such as depression and trauma. While these …
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Workshops

Alternatives to Suicide, Building Community in Times of Darkness

Presented by: Caroline Mazel-Carlton, C.P.S. “Alt2Su” represents widely-applicable paradigm shifts rooted in peer support and harm reduction values. Together we can re-frame risk and pathologizing frameworks and create a more supportive community. Presentation Summary: (Alt2Su) “Alternatives to Suicide” (Alt2Su) describes a non-coercive approach to suicide that focuses on curiosity and relationship-building among those who …
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Intentional self-poisoning in young people- Prevention, identification, treatment and referral in primary care and other settings

Presented by:  Tom Delaney, PhD, Logan Hegg, PsyD, and Rachael Comeau, Ed.D Rates of intentional self-poisoning, a common form of self-harm in young people, have increased substantially in recent years in Vermont and nationally. In Vermont, between late 2020 and early 2021 the incidence of intentional self-poisoning has increased even more rapidly, possibly …
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The Importance of Cultural Brokering Work to Address Behavioral Health Disparities

Presented by: Mercedes Avila, PhD This presentation will describe the work of a Cultural Brokering program developed and implemented in Vermont to address behavioral health disparities in former refugee and immigrant communities. Presentation Summary: The goal of the Vermont Cultural Brokering program is to raise awareness about the mental health and substance use treatment, …
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Youth Powered Suicide Prevention

Presented by: Stan Collins, NREMT This presentation will describe the work of a Cultural Brokering program developed and implemented in Vermont to address behavioral health disparities in former refugee and immigrant communities. Presentation Summary: The goal of the Vermont Cultural Brokering program is to raise awareness about the mental health and substance use treatment, …
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Intentional Organizational Wellness

Presented by: Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWS, Susan Swindell, Licensed Psychologist–Master, and Matthew MacNeil, M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., LCMHC Organization wellness does not happen in a vacuum. It takes effort, intention and planning. Find out how two Vermont organizations have made it part of their organization culture. Presentation Summary: Organizational and employee wellness in a trauma informed environment …
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Substance Use Disorders and Suicide in Rural Communities

Presented by: Sanchit Maruti, MD, MS This workshop provides an improved understanding and practical approaches for evaluating and managing individuals with suicidal ideation in Rural communities. Presentation Summary: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States accounting for over 47,500 deaths in 2019. Additionally there were over 1.38 Million suicide attempts …
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Suicide Prevention Pathways- Schools, Mental Health and Social Supports

Presented by: JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES, Mark Gebo, M.Ed., Annalisa MacDonald, LCMHC, and Tracy Binet-Perrin, M. Ed. Discover the elements of a prevention prepared school community, and the steps taken at elementary and secondary schools in VT to promote mental health and respond to suicidality. Presentation Summary: As part of a comprehensive community approach to suicide prevention, every …
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Our Sponsors

Vermont Association of Hospitals
Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC)
NEPHTC
Vermont Public Health Association
Margolis Healy
UVM Medical Center
Chroma Technology
Vermont Department of Health–Dept. of Maternal and Child Health
Vermont Care Partners
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense
Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement and Innovation
NAMI VT
Image Relay
North Country Hospital
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
C & S Wholesale Grocers
Grace Cottage
Cabot
Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT
One Care of VT
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