The postvention planning training that we held this summer was a success. We had 98 people attend from all 14 of our towns!
Throughout our outreach we encouraged towns to send a team of health and/or human services; public safety; schools; crisis/provider; family/advocate. We had all those sectors participating and more. We can't thank you all enough for all you do! 

If you would like to get involved, join the next virtual Regional Suicide Advisory Board Virtual Meeting on December 11th from 12 - 2 PM. More details to come.

COVID-19 and Suicide
We have all had a stressful year due to COVID-19 and research is showing it is having a negative impact on our mental health.

  • In a recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 41% of adults who responded to a survey indicated they were struggling with mental health issues due to COVID-19 and 26% started or increased substance use to cope with COVID-19.

  • Suicidal ideation (in the last 30 days) was reported by 11% of respondents; In a 2018 survey, only 4% of respondents report suicidal ideation in the past 12 months.

  • Unpaid caregivers, people ages 18-24, essential workers, Hispanic people and Black people had a higher prevalence of serious thoughts of suicide.