Pre-Symposium- Suicide Deaths in Vermont, The Intersection of Mental Health Challenges, Lethal Means, and Biological Sex

Presented by: Tom Delaney, PhD and Caitlin Quinn, MPH

Until recently, the ability to look at antecedent factors in Vermonters who died by suicide was limited. Important information, such as whether the person had a history of mental health challenges, was generally not available. Using data from the Vermont Violent Death Reporting System (VDRS) we are now able to examine suicide risk factors in more detail, with the goal of using the findings to strengthen suicide prevention efforts throughout the state. This presentation will focus on the interaction of key factors seen in people who died by suicide, including the person’s history of mental health challenges, the lethal means used for suicide, and their biological sex.