You are not alone.
As one of the top ten leading causes of death in Vermont, suicide touches the lives of many Vermonters every year. Unexpected death can have significant impact on individuals, families, and communities. It is important to remember that you are not alone. There is hope and suicide is preventable. We are here to offer support, resources, and assistance.
If you or someone you know is having a hard time, getting help is key. See our resources below to learn about warning signs, risk factors, and where to go for support.
Our First Call for Chittenden County line is a 24/7 resource available to individuals and families. Call us at 802-488-7777.
Howard Center’s Suicide Prevention Resources
Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan (Third Edition)
Our staff and clinicians have developed this guide* to provide general information on suicide prevention to anyone living or working in Chittenden County, Vermont. To request copies of the Howard Center publication “Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan,” please call 802-488-6000 or download a copy by clicking the image to the left.
*This guide is not intended as an alternative to medical care. Please consult your physician for appropriate medical care.
Suicide Prevention Flyer
This flyer contains information about suicide prevention, warning signs, and when to take action. View or print the flyer to display in your school, workplace, gym, or other locations (as permitted).
Suicide Postvention Resources
In collaboration with the Center for Health and Learning, we also have resources available for businesses following a suicide or unexpected death impacting their employees and workplace (also known as postvention). Postvention offers support and facilitates healing and recovery after a tragedy. Postvention is also a critical piece of suicide prevention. The way we respond to suicide can impact those needing help and can help prevent others from dying by suicide.
- Workplace Considerations After a Suicide or Other Unexpected Death
- Media Guide: Workplace Considerations After a Suicide or Other Unexpected Death
- After a Suicide: Postvention Steps Quick Guide
Suicide Hotlines and Crisis Information:
Veteran’s Crisis Line, dial 988 then press 1, OR text 838255
Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741, and you will be connected with a live, trained counselor quickly.
The Trevor Project: LGBTQ+ Crisis Lifeline: 1-866-488-7368
First Call for Chittenden County, call 802-488-7777
Additional Resources and Publications
Tips for Families and Teens after Tragedy
Suicide Signs & Symptoms
Suicide Risk and Prevention for All Ages: What You Need to Know
The Opposite of Suicide is Connection
Suicide Does Not Discriminate
How to Talk About Suicide
Suicide Prevention: It’s Up to All of Us
Suicide Data-Linkage Project: 2020-2021 Data Analysis, Vermont Department of Health (September 2023)
Suicide Prevention – Vermont Department of Health
Vermont Suicide Prevention Center – Survivors of Suicide Resources
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Find a Support Group
After a Loved One Dies – How Children Grieve
After a Suicide – Toolkit for Schools 2018
Facing Suicide – Resources for Veterans
A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide
Help Prevent Suicide – SAMSA
Helping Children and Teens Cope with Death
Suicide Language – Suicide Prevention Alliance
Suicide Loss Survival
Survivors of Suicide Loss
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
What Is Suicide Postvention? | Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors