Minutes – January 24, 2012

Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin-Laurens County
January 24, 2011

Denise Forbes, MS LPC (Deputy Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Dr. Thomas Rumble (Medical Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Tina Clements (CMHC – Adult MH/AD Services, Program Manager)
Donald Grigsby, Ph.D. (Veteran’s Administration, Dublin)
Amy Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Marnie Braswell (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Ellise Tapley (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Lisa Montford (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Marlena Dixon (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Kris Taylor (Volunteer)
Georgann Hardin (NAMI)
Connie McDaniel (Laurens County Board of Education)
Clara Boyer (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Payton Town (Courier Herald)
Leondra Davis (ELHS –Youth Advisory Council Member)
Jakimva Martin (Laurens County Board of Education)
Sherrie Malone (Laurens County Board of Education)
Faye Mullis (Bleckley County/Volunteer)
Summer Faulk (Laurens County Board of Education)
Marquita Timmons (Laurens County Board of Education)
Dr. Rhonda Cumpsty (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Connie Smith (Laurens Family Connection)
Destiny Allen, (Director -Site Services, Communities In Schools – Laurens County, Inc.)

The Suicide Prevention Coalition Dublin/Laurens County met today with 23 present. Denise Forbes opened the meeting with words of welcome.

The minutes of the November 22, 2011 meeting have been distributed and were approved by those in attendance.

Facebook Article recently in the Courier Herald dealing with facebook partnership with suicide prevention.
Strategic Goals for the Coalition (draft copy)

Jakimva Martin introduced Ms. Leondra Davis, ELHS student, and awarded her with a $25.00 Gift Certificate from the Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Coalition. Leondra was the winner of the “Name the Conference” contest among the Youth Advisory Council members. Her entry was “Living Loud”. Leondra told the coalition members how she came up with the name. The other three entries were: Livin’ the Life, Victoria’s Secret… Suicide Is Not The Way, and Stop In The Name of Life. Each entry will be incorporated into the conference. Payton Towns, from the Courier Herald, was present today for an article and a photo of Leondra to be printed in the local newspaper. For further information about the conference refer to: Subcommittee Reports in these minutes.

Sub-Committee Reports


The next regular meeting will be held this evening, Tuesday, January 24, 2011 from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm in the Second Floor Conference Room at the V.A. Hospital in Dublin.

Meeting Schedule: Fourth (4th) Tuesday of each month at the V.A. Hospital in Dublin.

Scott Warren is now trained to be a facilitator of the SOS group, but due to his work schedule, he is no longer available on the 4th Tuesday of the month It was not seen as being favorable to move the date of the meetings at this time. It was suggested that Kris follow up with group to see if the change would meet their needs. If a change is made the information on the website will need to be changed and the VA schedule will need to be taken into consideration as well.

Kris Taylor reported on the community speaking events as well. Sheri McGuinness has encouraged Kris to attend “Community Educators” training before starting any presentations in the community. At training will be held in Macon. Denise encouraged Kris to talk with Sheri about a local training since we want to move on with this project. Kris, Scott Warren and Georgann will all try to attend. Kris is scheduled to speak to the Deacons at the First Baptist Church (Clint Thomas arranged this). Ellise provided Kris will several printed materials to distribute during her presentation.

One of the strategic goals for SOS is the care packet. The SOS Packet will be developed with information from SPAN, Georgia and we will also add our own information.

Sherrie Malone asked if the care packet could be used in the school? It was suggested that the youth should probably develop a packet that is “youth friendly”. These would be used to handout to those in need of support and reference material.


Quilt Project response continues to be low. The coalition has decided to move as slowly as necessary and not rush into this since we really want photos from our local community. Kris will make contacts to inquire about a St. Patrick’s Festival booth at the Arts & Crafts Event. We could solicit local photos from our community at that time.

Kris reported that the members continue to discuss a Facebook page.

Website: http://www.stopsuicidelaurens.org. Email: mail@stopsuicidelaurens.org.
Sherrie Malone reported that the electronic banner messages on monitors at local vendors has been completed and are in operation.


Suicide Prevention Community Youth Event (FY12):
The Youth Advisory Planning/Subcommittee reported on the conference scheduled for April 12, 2012 from 8:30 – 2:30 at the Dubose Porter Center in Dublin. Jakimva will be pulling together a vision statement. Conference planning will include CIS, college resources & college access, and a tour of the OFL Technical College in order to meet grant requirements. Summer Faulk in researching the cost of T-shirts for the event. Human resources in the range of 10-15 will be needed to serve as hosts, monitors, and chaperones. Subjects of discussion for the event will include cyber bullying, sex- texting, HIV, and Sources of Strength with 15-20 minute segments for each. Destiny Allen is coordinating the motivational speaker (Keith Brown). The cost will be in the range of approximately $10,000. CIS has secured a grant of $7,000 (State Office- CIS), the SPC will pledge approximately $2500.00 and donations will also be solicited. Other options for funding sources are United Way (John Draper) and Connie Smith will speak with him about this. Marquita Timmons and Destiny will check with the Macon Group about any funds that might be available. This conference will meet the needs of CIS and SPC as well as serve a community need in the investment of our youth population. Announcements in the schools are being developed, per Sherri Malone to keep this publicized with the students. The news media is very willing to promote and provide coverage (Fox News, TV35, & Courier Herald). The conference will target 10th and 11th grade students. Approximately 400 local students are expected to be in attendance (ELHS -100, DHS -100, and WLHS – 200). The sub-committee continues to make plans for the event. The solicitation letter for sponsorships has been provided for the youth and will also be emailed to the coalition members.

Summer reported that the lowest cost for the t-shirts has been $5.22, from Octo Prints. It was suggested that she also contact Ronald Gay about his pricing. The t-shirts will be distributed at the individual schools the day of conference for the students to wear.

The video competition has been announced in the school systems and videos are due by March 19, 2012 and will be judged on March 27, 2012. A panel of judges has been contacted.

Update on Training Opportunities – QPR

Marquita Timmons, Connie Smith, Sherrie Malone, Officer Brian Tapley (DPD) and Tina Clements are finalizing plans for the taping of the law enforcement training video. The taping is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the local TV 35 station.

QPR Training (Tina Clements reported)
Pending for Laurens County school counselors and teachers.
Kelly Canady is in the process of scheduling several sessions that will involve a large number of teachers at Dublin High School and Dublin Middle School.
Tina has a session scheduled for 1/24/12.

Additional QPR training books will be ordered.

Other reports/information/events:

We continue to seek a volunteer Project Manager for the coalition.

Strategic Planning Meetings were held December 5th and December 9th. Copies of the drafted plan were distributed to coalition members for review and further recommendations. Goals have not yet been prioritized.

Suicide Prevention Day at the State Capital will be held February 9, 2012 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Those who can attend will gather in the Capitol Rotunda for the Advocacy 101 Training and the spread the message to the Legislators along with other advocates. If anyone is able to attend, please let Denise Forbes know. Information was sent to us in email from SPAN, Georgia.

Denise noted that community involvement has been improving with the coalition. She also discussed the option of meeting every other month with the entire coalition and alternate months meetings with smaller work groups and subcommittees. The months of
February and March will be very busy with planning of the youth event. She suggested that we have a debriefing meeting to follow-up on the youth event in April and a regular full-committee meeting in May. Dr. Rumble suggested that by June we should take a look at progress and status to be sure the coalition’s momentum is maintained if we move to an every other month schedule and define a meeting schedule after this time period has passed.

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, February 28, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Mental Health Center, Building 5, 2121 Bellevue Road, Dublin, GA.

RSVP to: etapley@csbmg.com