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Another Example of Vermont’s Doublespeak on Suicide

Once again the Vermont Legislature is exhibiting an alarming inconsistency on the topic of suicide. The March 19 Burlington Free Press carries an article about a House resolution discussed March 18 in the Vermont House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/18/vermont-military-suicide-resolution/24986339/ Proposed as a joint resolution for the House of Representatives and Senate, […]

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The Vermont Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard testimony on Wednesday on Act 39. The two questions being examined: “Is Act 39 working?” and “Should the sunset provisions in Act 39 be repealed?” Testimony was heard from a dozen people, nearly all of whom acknowledged that there are problems with the law, including the lack […]

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Vermont’s Suicide Conflict of Interest

Two stories were in the Vermont news this week that highlight a very real conflict of interest over suicide in this State. Vermont Public Radio aired an interview with JoEllen Tarallo-Falk, Director of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VTSPC), on suicide prevention: http://digital.vpr.net/post/more-funding-needed-suicide-prevention-advocates-say Meanwhile, several media outlets published stories glamorizing two recent Legislature-endorsed (per Act […]

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Thirty-Two Year Old Terminally Ill Cancer Patient, Once Suicidal Himself, Dedicates His Last Days to Suicide Prevention

On the heels of seemingly relentless media hype over a propaganda piece circulating from the pro-assisted-suicide group Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society), USA Today has published a story about the rise in suicides in the United States and the appalling lack of a unified effort to stop it. We objected strongly to the […]

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Again today, my Facebook feed is filled with statements of mourning about yet another reported suicide of a well known person. People who knew Robin Williams only by his public persona are grieved by his untimely death, allegedly at his own hands. We can only imagine the heartbreak being experienced by his friends and family. […]

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Suicide Contagion: Will Legislators in Other States Ignore It As VT Legislators Did?

Linked below is an article in today’s Boston Globe, written by a staff writer.  If you are unable to access it, feel free to email [email protected], and we’ll send you a copy for personal use: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/columns/2014/02/15/teen-suicide-looks-and-feels-contagious/HsWnICQySeYJYJyZNM5wJP/story.html?p1=Well_BG_Links The article makes the point that, while experts and studies disagree about whether teen suicide is contagious, the phenomenon […]

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Vermont Law Creates “Perfect Storm” of Conditions for Suicide

Among the safeguards slashed from the assisted suicide legislation that has become law in Vermont, were any requirements to ensure that the person requesting suicide is not suffering from treatable depression. Depression in the dying is not uncommon.   Hospice Pioneer Dr. Ira Byock wrote in his groundbreaking book, Dying Well, that nearly everyone who is […]

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