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Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

Kristy Hommel

Kristy Hommel, M. Ed. ECE

Youth Outreach and
Ending The Silence Program Coordinator

NAMI Vermont


Kristy Hommel currently works for NAMI Vermont as the part-time Youth Outreach and Program Coordinator of the NAMI Signature Program, Ending the Silence (ETS). 

She earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood Education and is a former first-grade teacher. Kristy was also the non-profit Waypoint’s Program Supervisor for their Safe and Supervised Visitation program supervisor.

In her spare time, she is pursuing a career in medical coding and is an artist.  In addition to overseeing the ETS program, she has served as a NAMI Vermont “In Our Own Voice” trainer and presenter for many years. She is always willing to share her story and break down the barriers of stigma and discrimination to help people understand what it means to live with a mental health condition. 

Kristy has presented to new police academy recruits at the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council and at Team Two Vermont trainings, presented on a panel for the VTPHA, spoke at Advocacy Day 2022, and presented at this year’s NAMI VT Wellness Conference. She always aims to leave listeners with a positive message that inspires, educates, and provides support surrounding mental health.


Stopping Stigma in School: Bringing Mental Health Awareness Education & Suicide Prevention to Schools

Kristy Hommel, M. Ed. ECE Youth Outreach and Ending The Silence Program Coordinator NAMI Vermont Youth mental health has become an ever-growing concern as more youth report anxiety and depression symptoms. One key area where the effects of youth mental health issues are felt the strongest is within schools. Schools are uniquely situated to impact youth mental health by providing effective mental health awareness and suicide prevention. In this presentation, Kristy Hommel gives insight into her lived experience of growing up with a mental health condition while sharing youth mental health and teen suicide rates. Participants will learn about the current mental health needs of youth and possible ways to address these needs. They will learn about the benefits of early interventions for youth mental health and gain insight into what’s working for youth in our mental healthcare system and what needs work. Information on current youth mental health education programming will be shared. Throughout the presentation, participants will become

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