Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin-Laurens County
April 26, 2011
Dr. Patsy Thomas (Chief Executive Officer, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Denise Forbes, MS LPC (Deputy Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Judge Donald Gillis (Eighth District Judicial Circuit)
Linda L. Bailey (CMHC – DD Services, Senior Program Manager)
Tina Clements (CMHC – Adult MH/AD Services, Program Manager)
Donald Grigsby, Ph.D. (Veteran’s Administration, Dublin)
Keith Golden (Laurens County Sheriff’s Dept.)
Connie McDaniel (Laurens County Board of Education)
Amy Williams (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)
Gloria Bowen (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Scott Warren (Community Volunteer)
The Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin/Laurens County met today with 19 present. Denise Forbes opened the meeting with words of welcome.
The minutes of the March 29, 2011 meeting have been distributed and were accepted and approved. Denise distributed a financial statement for review. We have just over $4500.00 in our account at present.
Contact information (spreadsheet of addresses, emails, etc.) was distributed for review/additions/corrections as needed.
The sign-up sheet for sub-committee volunteers was distributed for updates. Clinton Thomas added his name to the Fundraising/Special Events Subcommittee.
Linda Bailey asked Clint Thomas to give an update on the plans for the Golf Tournament (Four-Person Scramble). Due to a conflict with the original date, another tentative date is set for Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the Riverview Golf Course in Dublin from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A security deposit of $50.00 will need to be submitted to hold the course for this date. Denise asked Clint to submit a request and she will have the Accounting Department issue the $50.00 security deposit check. For further details regarding this fundraising project, refer to the minutes of the March 2011 Coalition Meeting.
“Unmasking the Darkness” continues to be tentatively planned for 2012. Laurie Wicker (former organizer for “Denim and Diamonds”) was contacted and is willing to give us some details about planning such an event. Tina Clements will contact her again to set up a meeting with herself, Ellise Tapley, and Linda Bailey during May, since it was not possible to meet with her during April.
Tina asked if the coalition would be interested in coordinating an “Out of Darkness Walk” this October or rather just send participants from our coalition to one of the walks that will be held in Macon or Warner Robins. This would give us a better idea about the event and whether or not we might be interested in coordinating our own at some future date.
Survivors of Suicide Subcommittee
Kris Taylor, Chairperson, was not present today. Brenda Yawn reported that she was very pleased to announce that a permanent location has been secured for the meetings at the V.A. Hospital in Dublin. She expressed much appreciation and thanks to Dr. Grigsby for his efforts in assisting with this. The first meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, 2011 was postponed. A new meeting date of Tuesday, May 31, 2011 has been scheduled from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm in the Main Conference Room at the V.A. Hospital. Brenda and Tina will visit the location with Dr. Grigsby following the coalition meeting today. Kris Taylor is listed as the contact person on the post-cards that will be handed out for these meetings and her name has now been published as a contact person for Dublin, GA in the GA-SPIN Survivors of Suicide brochure.
Children / Youth
Clint Thomas reported that brochures have been distributed at the local schools.
Public Relations Subcommittee
Rhonda Cumpsty was absent from the meeting today. Denise noted that Rhonda and Michael Bracewell (IT Department – CSBMG) continue to work on the newly developed website: stopsuicidelaurens.net. Email information can be submitted to: mailatstopsuicidelaurens.org.
The Dublin-Laurens Suicide Coalition brochure has been updated with the website listed on the front page.
If any resources are needed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We continue to submit invoices for reimbursements from our $4000.00 grant. Ellise will send Invoice #7 to Sally following the meeting today ($250.00).
Youth Suicide Prevention Plan/ Garrett Lee Smith Funding:
No response has been received as of yet from the application which Adam Lesser is working on for the Garrett Lee Smith Grant (for Laurens & Dodge County).
QPR Training – Question, Persuade, Refer
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 acknowledged much appreciation and thanks to this group for the work they have done. Training sessions have been well-received by those who have attended. A second training session was conducted on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Department of Family and Children’s Services in Dublin with 14 foster parents present. Malva Watson assisted in coordinating this training for the foster parents at DFCS.
Development of the training video is underway by Marquita Timmons. She is communicating with Officer Brian Tapley of the Dublin Police Department.
Any agencies or organizations, etc. that are interested in QPR training should contact one of the trainers to coordinate dates and times.
Update on Training Opportunities
MH First Aid Training (layperson training). Cynthia Fountain (CSB Adult Day Services) and Linda Wilkes (CSB Certified Peer Specialist) will attend June 2-3, 2011.
In communication with Sally vander Straeten and Adam Lesser, a Sources of Strength Train-the-Trainer Training is scheduled in Colorado over a three-day period during August. The cost will be covered for this training. They have requested that we identify 3-4 people to attend and suggested we choose individuals who would be good teachers with the ability to relate to both children and adults, and that they not work in the school system. More local follow-up sessions would be required; at least two training sessions per year, at 4-5 hours each. Brenda Yawn and Connie Smith have been suggested as possible trainers. Denise will follow-up again with Adam on the particulars of the “train-the-trainer” training dates.
Marcia Dixon sent Denise email correspondence related to a community project. The Pine Forest United Methodist Church is trying to do some outreach in the community. One thing they are considering is a workshop for employees to help with resumes and etc. Marcia was thinking about the Suicide Coalition and possibly having a workshop around this topic and advertising it to public. She felt the role-playing would be beneficial since it presents a realistic situation and signs to look for when someone is having suicidal thoughts. The workshop would also offer comfort and support to victims and family members. They are looking at 5:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening. Denise will reply to Marcia for more details and a possible tentative date. Judge Gillis was very encouraging and supportive of developing a short and informative presentation to present in the community as educational opportunities may arise (such as: church family night meals, Civic Clubs, etc.). He will mention this to the Chamber for further suggestions as related to the Human Resources aspect. Social Workers with Hospice were another suggested audience in the local community.
“13 Reasons Why” – The book continues to be shared with interested readers among the coalition and citizens in the community.
Dr. Donald Grigsby of the VA distributed handouts for the members today related to Working Together: Serving our Veterans; Understanding Military Culture When Treating PTSD. The local V.A. Center did not receive a grant recently applied for; however, they are still working on the project with colleges and universities partnering with the V.A. Dr. Grigsby also recommended viewing the movie “War Torn” (CNN movie) that deals with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Dr. Grigsby will be contacting North Georgia College to set up a meeting with their staff.
Sherri McGuinness, CEO SPIN-GA, has now listed our coalition information on her website and brochure. Copies of the brochure were made available to members at the meeting today.
Peyton Tuthill College Scholarships — www.peytontuthill.org to download application for “Hearts of Hope” – 2011 Scholarships. Peyton Tuthill Foundation, P. O. Box 3144 Tallahassee, Florida 32303, 850-585-6041.
“Rats & Bullies” Documentary Film (Cassidy R. McMillan, Director/Producer). The film can be purchased for $45.00 (includes shipping and handling). The coalition may consider purchasing this in the future.
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, May 24, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Mental Health Center, Building 5, 2121 Bellevue Road, Dublin, GA.
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