Vt. lawmakers get suicide prevention briefingThe Associated Press | February 27,2013MONTPELIER — Vermont needs to bring suicide out of the shadows, end the stigma and step up prevention efforts.
That was the message from survivors of family members who had taken their own lives and from advocates for suicide prevention during a briefing at the Statehouse on Wednesday.
Recent figures show nearly 18 of 100,000 Vermonters dying by their own hand, nearly 50 percent higher than national figures.
Much of the focus of Wednesday’s discussion was on prevention efforts focused on young people. Advocates said they are well developed, but more can be done.
JoEllen Tarallo-Falk, director of the Brattleboro-based Center for Health and Learning, says prevention efforts need to expand throughout people’s lives. She says the top demographic for suicides are middle-aged men.MORE IN This Just InPITTSFORD – The Select Board meets tonight at 6:30 to hear a presentation by Green Lantern... Full StoryTODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Flood watch in effect for Rutland County, developing El Nino shaping up to be extreme this year, Don DeLillo on the season's warming trend and Veena catches digital sniffles, all in today's minute. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible... Full Story
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