Vermont Suicide Prevention Day at Statehouse

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Suicide prevention advocates head to the Statehouse in Montpelier Thursday to push their case with the governor and lawmakers.

We're told the all-day event aims to raise support for a set of recommendations that the AHS Suicide Prevention Work Group is sending to Gov. Phil Scott.

The recommendations focus on zero suicide in health care, support for the Lifelines Call Response line in the state, elder and veteran care, and mobile support efforts for at-risk people.

A report from the CDC last year found a significant increase in suicide rates across the country over the last decade, with increases of more than 30 percent in 25 states, including Vermont.

Democratic lawmakers are making another attempt this session at passing a bill that would include waiting periods for some gun purchases. Supporters of the bill say data shows waiting periods make a difference in reducing gun homicides and suicides.

Last year, Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, vetoed a waiting period bill, saying he had done enough to tackle guns and there wasn't enough data on waiting periods.