Minutes – January 29, 2013

Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin-Laurens County

January 29, 2013



Denise Forbes, MS LPC (Executive Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)

Tina Clements (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Rhonda Cumpsty (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Margaret Turner (Director, Heart of Georgia Healthy Start Coalition)

Marnie Braswell (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Summer Faulk (Laurens County Board of Education)

Marquita Timmons (Laurens County Board of Education)

Jakimva Martin (Laurens County Board of Education)

Sherrie Malone (Laurens County Board of Education)

Ellise Tapley (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Gloria Bowen (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Clinton Thomas (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Faye Mullis  (Bleckley County/Volunteer)

Marlena Dixon (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Nancy Kauffman (Dept. Juvenile Justice, State of Georgia)

Connie Smith (Family Connection)

Clara Boyer (CSB of Middle GA)

The Suicide Prevention Coalition Dublin/Laurens County met today with 17 present.  Denise Forbes opened the meeting with words of welcome and introductions.   The minutes of the November 27, 2012 meeting were approved.

Sub-Committee Reports


Tina Clements and Brenda Yawn continue to facilitate the SOS group meeting until a survivor can be appointed to facilitate.  Tina reported that we continue with no attendance at this time.

Tina mentioned that we might need to re-think the meeting day in order to accommodate Scott Warren’s schedule. Tina will follow up with Clara on training.  We have had several write-ups in the newspaper announcing the SOS group.

Need to revisit the fillers to be placed in the newspaper.

Packets need to be distributed to the local funeral homes for survivors. Rhonda will talk with Townsend’s Funeral Home.  We need to obtain packets and form a subcommittee to get this done.

Marnie reported that they have been brainstorming ideas to have a meeting, Survivors of Suicide for Teens.  It would be a very informative group.  They have talked about the extra training that staff would need.  Sally vander Straeten & Sherri McGuinness have been a part of this discussion.

Clara Boyer will attend SOS Training in Sandy Springs, Georgia, on February 1-2, 2013.


Meeting Date:

4th Tuesday of Every Month 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Second Floor Conference Room

V.A. Hospital  – Dublin, Georgia


Website: www.stopsuicidelaurens.org.    Email:  mail@stopsuicidelaurens.org.

Rhonda reported that she has set up a facebook page and Twitter account for SPC.  She is still working on it and plans to post the information to SPC website.  She reminded committee that she can include articles or any news related material on the web page.


Marlena Dixon reported that we are running low on resources at this time.



Youth Advisory Council:  Denise commended the Youth Advisory Council for the great job done in getting prepared for the Christmas parade and the Christmas tree at OFTC. She thanked everyone for participating with both projects.  The ornaments were on display at today’s meeting and Denise announced that they were for sale for  $7.00 each.  Proceeds will help support future youth projects.  Ellise has pictures of both events and will have this posted on SPC website.

The Billboard project for the youth will be announced in January and hopefully finalized by March 4, 2013.   Marquita suggested that the billboards have a visual presentation with a positive compelling message.  The students need to be creative. The billboards may be done individually or with a group, and the schools can submit as many entries as they would like.  Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places.  It was recommended for the Youth Advisory Committee to meet and discuss both billboard and video contest.  SPC will need judges for both events.

Several suggestions were made in order to display the entries for the billboard:

  • Have an art show at OFTC to showcase designs.
  • Display at the Dublin Mall or Library.
  • Could have a traveling display

Garrett-Lee Smith Grant (Federal Grant through DBHDD –3 year grant).

Marnie reported that the Sources of  Strength staff have met with Dublin High School, Dublin Middle School, East Laurens High, and are scheduled to meet with West Laurens High on 1/29/13. They have scheduled Adult Advisory Training on February 13, 2013 at Bldg #4.  Later, the Peer Advisory Training will be scheduled.

Marnie reported that we are up-to-date with financial aspects from our state.

SPC-DL may want to partner with the Communities in School on another event depending on financial status at the time.

QPR Training

SPC-DL met the training requirements for QPR for FY12; we are focusing on FY13. Marquita reported that she has done one (1) training for Social Workers and Kelly has done one (1) for Dublin Service League. There should be six additional trainings scheduled before the end of June 2013.

Other  reports/information/events:

Human Resource Directors in Local business community – Willie Paulk would be the contact person with information about the next Chamber of Commerce meeting.  Someone from SPC-DL may attend to discuss our coalition and how we might assist the Human Resource Directors in our area.

Destiny Allen reported on Teen Maze (May 2013) at the last meeting in October.  Connie is meeting with the School Administrators on Feb 6.  Teen Maze is the week of May 6th and targets eigthth grade students.

Tina Clements and Brenda Yawn attended the workshop, Working with Those Bereaved by Suicide of Mental Health Professionals, on December 3, 2012 in Albany, GA.  Two other CSB employees, Lynn Davies and Debbie Mullis, attended at a later date.

The Quilt Project – Gloria has gathered all but 8 names on the Butterfly Launch Memory list.  She will revise the letter and send out to family members.

The Suicide Prevention Screening Tool is still pending with DBHDD.

The Community Educator’s Project is also pending at this time.

United Way Agency – Gloria researched becoming a United Way Agency. Due to the limited financial resources for United Way, SPC-DL has decided not to pursue this membership at this time.  However, Margaret Turner suggested that there still may be benefits to becoming associated with United Way, even without financial support; SPC-DL will re-evaluate this at a future time.

Georgia National Violent Death Reporting System  (website)

Oasis (Google) 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 Coalition Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Mental Health Center, Building 5 – 2121 Bellevue Road, Dublin, GA.


Reminder: Please RSVP for Lunch / Donations will be accepted.