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'Facing Suicide VT' campaign highlights real Vermonters' stories of struggle

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Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in Vermont, and state health officials want to change that.

Vermont's departments of health and mental health launched a new initiative called Facing Suicide VT, timed to National Suicide Prevention Month. The initiative uses real stories from Vermonters to teach people about warning signs, dispel common myths and provide resources so people can get needed help.

Our guest is:

  • Nick Nichols, suicide prevention program coordinator at the Vermont Department of Health
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, help is available

Broadcast live at noon on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.