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The home for VPR's coverage of health and health industry issues affecting the state of Vermont.

Vermont's Suicide Prevention Strategies

The Center for Health and Learning says Vermont's suicide rate of 19 exceeds the national rate of 13.

About a year ago, Vermont's mental health community and gun-owners began work on a project to prevent the use of guns in suicide. The Gun Shop Project is one of the ways that Vermont is trying to lower its suicide rate.

As Vermont participates in National Suicide Prevention Week, we look at suicide prevention strategies and the concept of "zero suicide", the idea that suicide among people receiving health care is preventable. Our guests are Dr. JoEllen Tarallo, executive directive of the Center for Health and Learning, and Dr. Stephen Broer, director of the Behavioral Health Services Division at Northwestern Counseling and Support Services.

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Also in the program, new details about the EB5 foreign investment scandal at Jay Peak. Independent investigative reporter Hilary Niles joins us to discuss her reporting this week about one investor who brought forward financial documentation that helped unravel the scandal.

And, we head into the classroom with Jerry Appell. As founder of Rock in the Classroom, he's used music to teach high school and college students about subjects like Manifest Destiny, George Orwell's Animal Farm, and fractions and decimals. Now, he's shifted his attention to teaching the teachers.

Broadcast live on Friday, September 9, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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