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Suicide is an important public health issue facing Vermont. According to the Suicide Data-Linkage Project
2020-2021 Data Analysis report released in September 2023, "Approximately 120 Vermonters die by suicide each year, and Vermont’s suicide rate has been increasing over the past 18 years. For each of these suicide deaths, countless other Vermont family members, friends and colleagues are greatly impacted."

Facing Suicide VT offers the following information on the many warning signs someone may have if they are considering suicide, and what to do when you see the signs, including five steps you can take as well as ways to reduce access to lethal means.

​Warning signs

  • Isolation

  • Feeling like a burden

  • Financial loss or instability

  • Giving away belongings

  • Follow up with texts, calls or face-to-face visits

  • Increased Anxiety

  • Physical Pain

  • Increased substance use

  • Looking to harm themselves

  • Looking for access to guns or other lethal means

  • Extreme mood swings

  • Hopelessness

  • Withdrawal or social isolation

  • Personality change

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Talking about death

Learn more about warning signs from the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

What to do if you see signs

  1. Ask directly if they are thinking about suicide, then listen without judgment. If someone says they are, call 988 or 9-1-1.

  2. Keep people safe by removing access to potentially dangerous household items like firearms or medications.

  3. Be there. Make an emotional connection. Let them know that you care.

  4. Help them connect to support. Ensure they have hotline numbers programmed into their phone or written where they can easily find them.

  5. Follow up with texts, calls or face-to-face visits.

Lethal means safety means properly storing and limiting access to household things that could be used to harm yourself or other people in your household.

LGBTQIA+ needs

Transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people face considerable discrimination in our society, leading to higher rates of suicide and mental illness.

To create safer communities, we can honor and respect the spectrum of gender identities by correctly using someone’s pronouns. We can also model using our own pronouns when meeting new people.

Practice pronouns

Not sure how to use different pronouns? Click here for some help.

Resources

2-1-1 - Dial 2-1-1 from any phone (mobile or landline) and ask for teen support.

Facing Suicide VT - A statewide prevention effort providing access to suicide prevention, education, support, and advocacy resources.

VT Youth Suicide Prevention - Vermont-based resource providing encouragement, support and resources for youth.

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NEWS

Transgender Support Groups

Every third Thursday the Greater Rockingham LGBTQIA+ Group offers free peer support groups for transgender folks. Teens, 13-17, meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and adults, 18+, meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The meetings are held at Parks Place. Snacks will be provided. The groups will be led by a transgender staff member.

Sign up today for Computer Skills Training for the Workplace

Learn the basics of using a computer with this FREE five-week program. The class will be held at the Windsor Resource Center from June 11 to July 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Attend all five classes to qualify for a free laptop. To sign up, call 802-885-8300.

GFC Bookstore

You can now purchase in bulk materials that have been created by GFC staff at cost plus shipping and tax. This includes books, journals, bookmarks, and stickers.  Click here!​

March 2024 Newsletter

Want to see what we're up to? Download our newsletter for updates, achievements, and upcoming events! Click here to read.

LGBTQIA+ Hangout

Join us for a FREE hangout for LGBTQIA+ members, ages 18 and old. Stop by Parks Place from 2-4pm on the second Saturday of each month for writing, crafting, reading, gaming, or just hanging out. 

Online Narcan training
If you've picked up a package of Narcan or Naloxone and don't know how to use it, check out this video with instructions from the Vermont Department of Health.

Windham County calendar

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