Vermont Gears Up for 988

Vermont Gears Up for 988

The Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) aims to increase in-state capacity for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) in advance of the nationwide launch of its new, easy-to-remember three-digit dialing code. In 2020, the FCC directed...
Hearing Voices Network Groups Move Online

Hearing Voices Network Groups Move Online

Since the start of the pandemic, the Hearing Voices Network USA (HVN-USA) has expanded its Zoom-based peer support for those who hear voices and experience visions. While the Omicron surge did not fully shut down in-person meetings, most groups have moved online,...
Rural Mental Health Documentary Seeks Advisory Committee

Rural Mental Health Documentary Seeks Advisory Committee

An upcoming documentary intends to shed light on inequities in the mental health system that affect rural areas. But to capture the full scope of the problem, the filmmakers know they’ll need help. Discarded America – which could take the form of a feature film or a...
Involuntary Psychiatric Hospitalizations Rise in 2021

Involuntary Psychiatric Hospitalizations Rise in 2021

According to data from the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Network Services Organization (VAHHS-NSO), Vermont’s hospitals’ psychiatric units recorded 2,501 new adult inpatient stays in federal fiscal year 2021 (FFY21), from Oct. 1, 2020, to Sept....
News Briefs

News Briefs

• In the fall, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Agency of Human Services announced the receipt of a USDA grant that will fund “expanded stress and mental health services” for Vermont farmers. The state-sponsored nonprofit Farm First will...

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