Breaking the stigma surrounding self-harm and suicide

Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 1:56 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - All week, we’re raising awareness about suicide as part of suicide prevention month.

Cat Viglienzoni spoke with Sarah Binshadler with the Counseling Services of Addison County about breaking down the stigma around suicide and how to talk to someone about it if you’re concerned.

On Thursday, Cat will discuss making connections to prevent suicide and how agencies work to outreach and make sure people don’t suffer in silence.

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-Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) --

-VT Crisis Text Line: Text “VT” to 741741

Text VT to 741741 - Crisis Text Line is FREE - 24/7 support.

You get an automated text response first, and then a response from a trained crisis counselor. They work with you until you are cool and calm and have a positive plan for next steps.

-The Trevor Project:

Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386 Trevor Chat: 202-304-1200 Trevor Text: Text the word “Trevor”

Providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

-Vermont Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-228-7395

-Vermont Statewide Sexual Violence Hotline - 800-489-7273 802-565-LINK

Connects people to the drug and alcohol support services they need.

-Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

-Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and PRESS 1

-Mental Health Agency Crisis Line Numbers by Region:

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-Vermont 211:

• Dial 2-1-1 anywhere in Vermont or visit to get live referral help to public and private state and community services.

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