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Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium


Heather White

Area Director
AFSP Vermont


After nearly losing her life to post-partum depression and suicide, Heather White dedicated her personal and professional life to mental health advocacy and suicide prevention efforts.

She is currently the Area Director for AFSP chapters in Massachusetts and Vermont, an ASIST-trained suicide intervention caregiver, and a suicide prevention trainer.


Suicide Prevention in High Risk Work Environments

Heather White Area Director AFSP Vermont High-risk workplaces are uniquely positioned to help save lives by systematically embedding awareness, education, and interventions into their organization’s health and safety priorities. The majority of adults who experience mental health problems, including suicide, are in the workforce (World Health Organization, 2006). However, the majority of workplaces are not prepared to help employees who might be struggling with suicidal thoughts or behaviors, nor are most prepared to cope with the aftermath of an employee’s suicide with appropriate and evidence-informed postvention practices. Now more than ever, workplace and professional organizational leaders are searching for innovative ways to support their employees’ mental health and work toward improving overall work environments to support a culture of health and well-being. Workplaces are a uniquely positioned and necessary part of a larger public health approach to suicide prevention, and as such, they can systematically embed suicide awareness, education, and intervention into their organization’s health and safety priorities.  In this

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