Ryan Price, MPA Area Director American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Vermont Chapter The session will outline the objectives of Project 2025, the areas of investment & strategies AFSP has set in order to meet those objectives, and how Project 2025 can be implemented across Vermont The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has set a bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20% by the year 2025. Through system dynamics modeling and guidance from leaders in suicide prevention research and practice, AFSP has identified four critical prevention areas that, through strategic investments and partnerships, can be targeted to significantly reduce the suicide rate and save more than 20,000 lives over five years. These four critical areas — firearms, healthcare systems, emergency departments, and correctional systems — each include a significant number of individuals at-risk for suicide and are therefore the settings in which we must intervene to save the most lives in the shortest amount
Terri Lavely MS, QMHP has been employed at Northeast Kingdom Human Services Inc (NKHS) since 2004, supporting the mental health needs of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont in a variety of different roles.
As Co-chair of NKHS’s Zero Suicide team, she is active in supporting training around awareness, prevention, and postvention. Some certifications around suicide support and programming included QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional), QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Trainer, CAMs Care (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality), and C-SSRS (Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale).
She is an active member of The Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition, VT’s 9-8-8 Coalition, and serves on many steering committees both statewide and nationally. Terri is also an active volunteer with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), serving as Vermont Chapter Board Chair, Newport Out of the Darkness Walk Chair, Field Advocate, Project 2025 Champion, and trainer to deliver AFSP programming.
Terri will join Ryan Price during his keynote address.