Minutes – June 28, 2011

Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin-Laurens County 
June 28,  2011

Dr. Patsy Thomas (Chief Executive Officer, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Dr. Thomas Rumble (Medical Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Dr. J. Roy Rowland (CSBMG Consultant to CEO)
Denise Forbes, MS LPC (Deputy Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Tina Clements (CMHC – Adult MH/AD Services, Program Manager)
Willie Paulk (President, Dublin-Laurens Chamber of Commerce)
Donald Grigsby, Ph.D. (Veteran’s Administration, Dublin)
Amy Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Dr. Rhonda Cumpsty (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Yolanda Campbell (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Clara Boyer (CSB of Middle Georgia) 
Brenda Yawn (Volunteer Citizen)
Faye Mullis  (Bleckley County/Volunteer)  
Margaret Turner (Director/Coordinator, Heart of Georgia Healthy Start)
Jennifer Darley (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Clinton Thomas (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Marlena Dixon (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Ellise Tapley (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Marsha Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)
LaTonya Brown, (for Connie Smith, Laurens Family Connection)

The Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin/Laurens County met today with 20 present.  Denise Forbes opened the meeting with words of welcome and introduction of members for the benefit of  those attending for the first time. 
The minutes of the May 24, 2011 meeting have been distributed and were accepted and approved.         

Contact information (spreadsheet of addresses, emails, etc.) was distributed for review/additions/corrections as needed.   The corrections noted will be made to update the record.  

The sign-up sheet for sub-committee volunteers was distributed for updates.   Vonda Darrisaw and LaTonya Brown signed on as volunteers for the Youth Activities subcommittee. 

Sub-Committee Reports 

Fundraising Subcommittee

Clint Thomas gave a current update on the plans for the Golf Tournament (Four-Person Scramble) scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Riverview Golf Course in Dublin from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.    Clint reported that Willie Paulk provided the subcommittee with contacts through the Chamber of Commerce.  These contacts have been made and some responses are now coming in from these contacts.  Clint will be placing the announcements (flyers) in the community and will get them to the local and area golf courses.  Copies of the Player Registration Forms were distributed among the coalition members today for distribution in the community (also distributed through email on 6/27/11).  Advertisement through the Courier Herald and TV-35 will be coordinated about one month prior to the tournament.   Clint has already coordinated with Sue Colter to do a TV spot for the tournament and someone to also sit in and discuss the coalition.  The pre-registration form is now available on the coalition’s website.   Brochures are being distributed to advertise the tournament.  Door-prizes also need to be collected for the event.       

Survivors of Suicide Subcommittee

Kris Taylor, Chairperson, was not present today.  Brenda Yawn reported that the first support group meeting was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  Although there were no participants from the community, this is not unusual and it is acknowledged that this will take time to develop.  The subcommittee is encouraged and has continued to plan and coordinate for the support group.  The next meeting is scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm in the Second Floor Conference Room at the V.A. Hospital in Dublin.  The regular meetings are set for the fourth (4th) Tuesday of each month at the V.A. Hospital in Dublin in the Second Floor Conference Room from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Notification of the support group and the meeting schedule has been sent out to the managers and clinical staff at CSBMG to disperse this information for referral purposes as such cases arise.           

Public Relations Subcommittee

Rhonda Cumpsty reported that she and Michael Bracewell (IT Department – CSBMG) continue to work on the functions and posted materials for the website: http://www.stopsuicidelaurens.org.     Email:  mail@stopsuicidelaurens.org. 

Both the golf tournament announcement and the Survivor’s of Suicide Support Group have been posted on the web page. 


During the last coalition meeting, it was suggested that we try to obtain some additional suicide education posters to share with our school systems.  We have at least 8 schools that would probably benefit from having these posters.  Jennifer Darley, Resource Subcommittee Chairperson, was asked to research this.  She was able to find some through on-line sources.  She had the sample posters on exhibit during today’s meeting and gave a brief presentation.  Jennifer encouraged anyone who wanted posters to contact her and she will provide them with any of the posters that she has in supply, and order any others as needed.   The Sources of Strength Wheel has good information and is colorful and eye catching.  We plan to also develop our own posters that will have local statistics published and available in a “blown-up” format to post in the school counselors’ offices.  Since the schools are out for the summer break, and the school representatives were absent, we will make them aware of this, as they are able to resume meeting with the coalition.   Some posters have already been provided for the Dublin High School.   

Jennifer also introduced some new resource materials that she has obtained.  These along with any others will continue to be added to the resource table and made available at each meeting.   


Clint Thomas and Lisa Montford were asked to explore the options for establishing a youth advisory group for the coalition.  This was suggested at the May meeting, following a presentation by a local high school student.  Other members of the coalition should also be able to help with this effort as well.  Lisa and Clint will contact others as needed.  


We continue to submit invoices for reimbursements from our $4000.00 grant.  Ellise will send Invoice #9 following the meeting today ($250.00).  

Youth Suicide Prevention Plan/ Garrett Lee Smith Funding:
Application pending with Adam Lesser – Garrett Lee Smith Grant (for Laurens & Dodge County).        

QPR Training –   Question, Persuade,  Refer
QPR trainers:  
Marquita Timmons Laurens County Board of Education (QPR CERTIFIED)
Kelly Canady Dublin City Schools  (QPR CERTIFIED)
Connie McDaniel West Laurens Middle School  (QPR CERTIFIED)
Tina Clements CSB of Middle Georgia   (QPR CERTIFIED)
Connie Smith Family Connection  (QPR CERTIFIED)
Sherri Malone West Laurens High School (QPR CERTIFIED)

Tina reported that several training as pending with Margaret Turner, the local school systems (until August when school resumes), and the local American Legion Post.  The subcommittee will coordinate the scheduling of these trainings sessions.  Other agencies or organizations interested in QPR training are encouraged to contact one of the trainers.    

Development of the training video for law enforcement continues to be coordinated by Marquitta Timmons.      

Update on Training Opportunities

Dr. Grigsby reminded the group of the training scheduled for Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Macon State College and reported that a new start time has been set for 10:00 a.m.  This will include counseling staff from 10 schools (college/universities).  The movie, “War Torn” (CNN movie) dealing with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) will be viewed.  The four (4) slots that were available have been filled.  Denise Forbes, Tina Clements, Sonya Shinhoster, and Dr. Rhonda Cumpsty will attend as representatives from the coalition and their registration forms have been submitted.  

Dr. Grigsby also reported on an upcoming training: “Together We Can: Looking Back, Moving Forward”, a conference for Georgia’s Suicide Prevention Stakeholders, to be held at the Macon Conference Center (Macon, GA) on September 8th –10th.  Information for registration was made available to all coalition members through email this week.  

For those who cannot attend in Macon, Dr. Grigsby has invited them to the Carl Vinson’s Suicide Prevention Program on September 8th at 1:00 p.m. here in Dublin at the V.A. Center Auditorium.   This will be a three-hour program that will include a viewing of the movie “War Torn”.  He has requested that the Dublin-Laurens Suicide Prevention Coalition participate in a brief presentation and also set up our exhibit table during the event here in Dublin.  The local V.A. will observe “Suicide Prevention Week” for a week-long schedule of events from September 5th-9th.   Those interested in attending the program on September 8, 2011, should contact Dr. Grigsby. 

Denise encouraged representation from the coalition at these two events.   If anyone plans to attend the Macon event or the Dublin event, please let Ellise Tapley know for our record: etapley@csbmg.com.)     

“13 Reasons Why” – The book continues to be shared with interested readers among the coalition and citizens in the community.  Margaret Turner reported that through a contact in Athens, GA, she has learned that this book has been used in the Athens’ school system.  Margaret was asked to follow up with her contact and find out if the book is “state approved” for schools and how did Athens go about getting this book into their school systems for student reading.   School officials have been very hesitant to promote this book within our local school system.  It may be that we could find other books that would be more acceptable for them.  

Tina again discussed that the Laurens County Library has offered their support in promotion of a community event to sponsor Jay Asher, author of the book, to come to Dublin.  It was felt that this would be our best option at this time.  Having Mr. Asher come would require funds (we can see what we have following the golf tournament).  Tina was encouraged to contact Mr. Asher to find out how booked his schedule is and what cost would be involved so that we would have this information for discussion at our next meeting date.  Other support systems for the book were suggested as: the local Women’s Study Group, local Art Council, Mrs. Harriett Claxton).   Tina’s research of the book on line showed a lot of positive input regarding the book.  Among other awards, the following were listed:   Best Book for Young Adults – YALSA; Top 10 Best For Teens – Barnes and Noble; Best Books – Association of Booksellers for Children; State Awards Winner (voted on by students) – Florida, Kansas, Kentucky; and Young Adults Choice – International Reading Association.    

“Sources of Strength” Train-the-Trainer Training postponed until August 2012.    

Other  reports/information:

During the May 2011 meeting it was suggested that a Hispanic member of the community be involved in the coalition.   An individual has been contacted, but was unable to attend today’s meeting.  This effort will continue. 

Marcia Dixon is still interested in a community outreach project hosted by the Pine Forest United Methodist Church and related to a workshop on the topic of suicide prevention that would be advertised to the public.  Marcia was unable to attend today, however she and Denise continue to communicate by email and will keep this as part of the agenda for further discussion and planning when Marcie is able to discuss this with the coalition in more detail at a future meeting. 

Project Healthy Moms “Warmline”.  Visit: Mental Health America of Georgia info@mhageorgia.org .  Project Healthy Moms is an initiative of MHA of Georgia aimed at increasing awareness, identification, and treatment of perinatal mood disorders, while also reducing the stigma associated with them.  Margaret stated that the partnership developed between Healthy Start and Mental Health has been a good resource for their program with the increased number of positive depression screens that her staff has been overwhelmed with. The information regarding Project Healthy Moms “Warmline” was sent to Denise Forbes through an email from Margaret Turner.         

“Rats & Bullies” Documentary Film (Cassidy R. McMillan, Director/Producer) $45.00 (includes shipping and handling).   

Various resource materials are always made available during the coalition meetings. 

Georgia National Violent Death Reporting System  (website)

Oasis (google this) Georgia Public Health    death / mortality rates /morbidity.

Georgia Crisis and Access Line    1-800-715-4225  www.mygcal.com

Suicide Prevention Life Line        1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Mental Health Center, Building 5, 2121 Bellevue Road, Dublin, GA. 

Lunch provided.

RSVP to:   etapley@csbmg.com