Minutes – Feb 22, 2011

Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin-Laurens County
February 22, 2011

Dr. Patsy Thomas (Chief Executive Officer, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Dr. Thomas Rumble (Medical Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Denise Forbes, MS LPC (Deputy Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Linda L. Bailey (CMHC – DD Services, Senior Program Manager)
Tina Clements, CPRP, CPS (CMHC – Adult MH/AD Services, Program Manager)
Connie Smith (Laurens Family Connection)
Donald Grigsby, Ph.D. (Veteran’s Administration, Dublin)
Hugh Kight (Laurens County Board of Education)
Sherrie Malone (Laurens County Board of Education)
Marquitta Timmons (Laurens County Board of Education)
Kelly Canady (Dublin City Schools)
Marcia Dixon (Flexsteel Industry)
Keith Golden (Laurens County Sheriff’s Dept.)
Marcus Rogers (Dublin Police Dept.)
Luke Daniel (Dept. of Juvenile Justice)
Dr. Rhonda Cumpsty, Ed.D. (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Amy Williams, MSLPC (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Jennifer Darley (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Clara Boyer, CACT (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Brenda Yawn (Volunteer Citizen)
Faye Mullis, LPC  (Bleckley County/Volunteer)
Kris Taylor (Volunteer Citizen)
Margaret Turner (Director/Coordinator, Heart of Georgia Healthy Start)
Andrea Coley (Volunteer)
Dick Mahoney (Volunteer)
Wendy Kelsey, LMSW  (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)
Buntie Hooks (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Judy Mullis (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Guest Speaker:  Barbara Long, Executive Director NAMI Central Georgia, Inc.

The Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin/Laurens County met today with 32 present.  Denise Forbes opened the meeting with words of welcome.
The minutes of the January 25, 2011 meeting have been distributed and were accepted and approved.

Contact information (spreadsheet of addresses, emails, etc.) was distributed for review/additions/corrections.

The sign-up sheet for sub-committee volunteers was distributed.

Sub-Committee Reports:

Fundraising Subcommittee:  Linda Bailey reported on the raffle tickets (1500).  Sold tickets and collected funds were turned in today.  There is still time to sell the more than 200 tickets remaining.  The raffle drawing was to be held Saturday, March 5, 2011.  There was a scheduling error by the Manager at Kroger and Linda is working out the details.  The ticket sales and drawing may be this weekend instead of next weekend.

Tina again discussed the tentative plans for a fall fundraising event, “Unmasking the Darkness”.  It was strongly felt that a small committee should be established to discuss some ideas.  This event will be a huge undertaking and will require a lot of planning and coordination.  Kelly Canady also suggested that it would be more cost effective to have the event at the First Baptist Life Center as opposed to the Dubose Porter Center.   Hugh Kight stated that it would be very easy for the school systems to provide FHA / FFA students to help. The event would include a keynote speaker (suggested is Iris Bolton), evening meal, decorations (Mardi Gras theme), waiters, and a silent auction.  After the small committee has “brainstormed”, then a formal committee would be established and volunteers sought to carry out the planning and organizing for the event. Corporate sponsors would be beneficial as well as the involvement of local civic organizations and clubs.  A brief paragraph stating the goals for the event was developed and distributed to Coalition Members by email last week.   Tina and Linda will coordinate a date and time for the small pre-planning committee to meet.

Survivors of Suicide Subcommittee:
Kris Taylor, Chairperson, reported.    A flyer was developed to utilize for the SOS Group.   We will have these printed as soon as possible and will need help from the coalition members to distribute at agencies, churches, and to friends, etc.   An email account has been set up for the SOS Group.  Kris has suggested that a name be given to the group.  Gloria Bowen is researching the cost of duplicating the Survivor of Suicide Support Packet and will get 3 bids.  She will also research a supplier for over-sized postcards to be distributed to law enforcement, funeral homes, and other community agencies.   Kris will talk with other committee members to help prepare and distribute SOS material in the community.   As part of the SOS training that Kris, Brenda, and Tina attended, they learned about an SOS Support Team.  Upon request, this team will visit with newly bereaved individuals and families in the community.  Law enforcement and funeral home directors would have these postcards available for the families, should a family want the team to visit with them. Kris will be the initial contact person (since it is recommended that this person be a survivor).  Brenda is following up with Fairview Park Hospital regarding a meeting room for once a month on a Tuesday night from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.   The first meeting date is tentatively planned for the last Tuesday in April (4/26/11).    Brenda has a listing of community churches to contact and will get our information out to them.   The coalition voted and approved the cost of printing 50 booklets today.    Marlena Dixon (Resource Committee member) is developing a resource of local and area professionals to utilize as a referral source for persons in need of more mutual support.

Public Relations Subcommittee:  Rhonda Cumpsty, Chairperson, reported that a website name has been established: stopsuicidelaurens.net.   She continues to work on the development of the website with the IT Department at CSB.  Rhonda is in the stage of gathering data for the web page.  If anyone has information, please send it to Rhonda at:  rcumpsty@csbmg.com.  We will also post training/event dates on the website; this information should be sent to Rhonda in advance to announce and advertise these events on the web page.

Quilt/Story Board:
Brenda Yawn had no further reports or responses for this.

Resource Committee:
Jennifer Darley reported that a lot of free resources are available.  If any are needed, please contact her at jdarley@csbmg.com and she will assist with these needs.

The brochures are out in the school system, per Kelly Canady, and we were also able to secure a “spot” on Channel 9.

Clint Thomas spoke with Clay Reynolds, WLHS student who writes articles for the Dublin Courier Herald.  He was very interested in writing any articles we need.   He will be contacted about an article for the upcoming QPR training scheduled for March 21, 2011.

We continue to submit invoices for reimbursements from our $4000.00 grant.  Ellise will send Invoice #5 to Sally following this meeting today.  The invoice will be for a total of $500.00 (includes the SOS meeting on 2/11/11 and today’s coalition meeting (2/22/11).

Youth Suicide Prevention Plan/ Garrett Lee Smith Funding:
Our coalition has the opportunity to collaborate with the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan to apply for funding through the Garrett Lee Smith Grant.  We have received three letters of support (Dublin City Schools, CSB of Middle Georgia, Dodge County) and expect the fourth letter of support from the Laurens County School system to be received very soon.   These letters are being submitted to Adam Lesser, Youth Suicide Director.  He will be involved if we are awarded the grant.  The grant will serve both Laurens and Dodge counties.

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

This group has been very busy planning for upcoming training events.  Role-play was conducted for the coalition today for input.   The role-play was well received.  Keith Golden (Laurens County Sheriff’s Department) commented that he would like the team to develop a video that can be used to train both the sheriff’s deputies and the local police officers in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer).  It was felt that this was an excellent suggestion and coordination efforts to develop this training video will begin.

Announcement flyers, developed by Resource Committee members, for the Suicide Prevention QPR Training scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., were distributed to coalition members to post at various community locations.  Registration is requested, but walk-ins will be accepted.  A pre-test and post-test will be conducted.  Registration can be secured by contacting: Marlena Dixon – (478) 275-6800 or fax  (478) 275-6887.

Tina reported that all six QPR participants have received certification and can now provide training.  Margaret Turner inquired about QPR training for the Healthy Start Coalition at a previous meeting and she can contact Tina to coordinate as needed.

Reminder of  Upcoming dates for QPR Events:
3/15/11 – 9:00 a.m.  – QPR team finalizes preparations for 3/21/11 QPR training.
3/21/11 – 6:00 p.m. – QPR Suicide Prevention Training – First Baptist Life Center,
Dublin, GA

Update on Training Opportunities

“More than Sad” – Connie Daniel was to follow-up with Jerry Hatcher (Laurens County School Superintendent), regarding additional school personnel viewing the DVD.   Connie was absent today and unable to give a status report.

“13 Reasons Why” Margaret Turner and Hugh Kight gave a review of their findings and opinions of the book.  Margaret gave a brief overview of the events recorded in the book as related to the young girl’s act of suicide.  She commented that the book creates a lot of mixed emotions; it offers an inside view of suicide; is a very good book; and she encouraged others to read it.   Hugh reported that the events were very realistic regarding the happening/events of the young girl’s life, based on his personal experience with young adults in the school system; he is not quite finished with his reading; he encouraged others to read the book; stated it was very well written; and that the book does create a mixture of emotions.   Tina discussed the fact that the use of the book within the school system continues to be in question due to its sensitive nature and text content.  She reminded the Coalition that our other option, if we pursue the use of this book for education about suicide would be to sponsor it through the Laurens County Library as a community-reading project and at some future date schedule the author to come to Dublin.  She has already spoken with someone at the library and they were very supportive of this idea.

Book Available: Barnes & Nobles, Amazon.com, and Laurens County Library.

Special Presentation:
Barbara Long, Executive Director, NAMI Central Georgia, overseeing operations, education, and fundraising, gave an excellent presentation by power point titled, “The BAM Anti-Bullying Method”.  This power point tool is designed for use with students in Pre-K through 5th grade. Barbara has been working on this material for over a year, and has presented and taught the program at the Crawford County Elementary School. She is excited about the prospect of being able to reach so many school aged children through this 30-minute course.

She commented that “bullying” for this generation is a different experience with the onset of “cyber bullying”.  Key points taken from her presentation are as follows:  there are a lot of resources, you just have to know how to “tap” into them; BAM – (B= Books; A= Acceleration; M=Mutuality); children need to know what to do in bullying situations; it is important to listen to the children and rewards are important for children.

Barbara will conduct presentations at any of our local schools. The Governor has issued a mandate for all schools to have “bullying” education programs in place by August 2011 and the schools must have an outside resource for this.  NAMI can help fill this need.

Contact Information:
NAMI Central Georgia, Inc.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Barbara Long, Executive Director
209 Elberta Road
Warner Robins, GA  31093    Office: 478-328-0508    Cell:  478-319-7245 Barbara@namicentralga.org                       http://www.namicentralga.org.

Other  reports/information:

Denise asked that if any members have future feedback from the use of the power point on Teen Suicide Prevention, to please give a report at upcoming meetings.

Dr. Grigsby wants to establish communication/contact with other coalitions.  Denise will send him the contact information that she has for Oconee and Warner Robins, and also to Rhonda Cumpsty for the web page.

Margaret Turner, Director/Coordinator of Heart of Georgia Healthy Start, reported that they have applied for a grant and are tentatively making plans through partnerships with the Dublin City School (Drama Team), Mental Health, and others for an upcoming project.  The proposed project’s name is “Give Voice”.  The material of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”, by Ntozake Shange and other African female poets/playwrights will be used.   Following the drama skits, an educational session will be offered to increase skills of school counselors in handling concerns and opportunities regarding the subject matter.

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  http://www.mygcal.com
Suicide Prevention Life Line        1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, 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