As Suicide Rate Climbs, How To Help Those In Crisis

Jun 12, 2018

New data show a sharp rise in the nationwide suicide rate, and Vermont's rate is significantly above the national average.

There's also a growing national awareness of the scope of suicide as a serious widespread public health problem.

We're talking about these alarming statistics, and about what we can do — both individually and as a state — to prevent suicide and help people in crisis.

We're joined by:

  • Thomas Delaney, assistant professor at UVM's Larner College of Medicine who studies suicide prevention
  • Alison Krompf, senior policy advisor at the Vermont Department of Mental Health and a former crisis clinician
  • JoEllen Tarallo, director of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center

Here are some resources, if you or someone you know is considering suicide:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Veterans Crisis Line & Military Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
  • Crisis Text Line: 741-741
  • Vermont Suicide Prevention Center: http://vtspc.org/
  • In emergency situations, call 911.

This show will be broadcast live on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.