Everyone is affected by suicide, not just the victim. Suicide impacts family and friends long after the loss of a loved one. On average, one person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes. Two-thirds of the people who commit suicide suffer from depression. The mental health of yourself or a loved one can never be taken too seriously, and there is no shame in asking for help.
Learning about suicide prevention during the month of September is a great way to educate yourself and others. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has many resources to help you learn how to help others. You can also visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for other way to be there. To be connected with specific resources in your area that you or your loved ones need, please don’t hesistate to call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211.

In 2018, what were Vermonters most in need of?

Each year, we evaluate the services Vermonters were referred to the most and publish them as our Barometer of Community Needs. Curious about which services made the Top 10? Click here to find out!


Vermont 2-1-1 is the number to dial to find out about hundreds of important community resources, like emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, health care, child care, drug and alcohol programs, legal assistance, transportation agencies, educational and volunteer opportunities, and much more.


2-1-1 is not an emergency number like 9-1-1, nor is it directory assistance like 4-1-1.


2-1-1 is your first step toward solving everyday problems or

when you are facing difficult times.

It’s a free service. It’s confidential. It’s 24/7.


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