Minutes – January 25, 2011

Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin-Laurens County

January 25, 2011


Dr. Patsy Thomas (Executive Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Denise Forbes, MS LPC (Deputy Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Sally vander Straeten, ACSW (Suicide Prevention Coordinator, DBHDD Atlanta, GA)
Lisa Montford, MS LPC  (CMHC Child & Adolescent Services Coordinator)
Linda L. Bailey (CMHC – DD Services, Senior Program Manager)
Tina Clements (CMHC – Adult MH/AD Services, Program Manager)
Connie Smith (Laurens Family Connection)
Donald Grigsby, Ph.D. (Veteran’s Administration, Dublin)
Sherrie Malone (Laurens County Board of Education)
Marquitta Timmons (Laurens County Board of Education)
Connie Daniels (Laurens County Board of Education)
Stan Couey (Trinity Christian School)
Clara Boyer (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Clinton Thomas (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Brenda Yawn (Volunteer Citizen)
Faye Mullis, LPC  (Bleckley County/Volunteer)
Kris Taylor (Volunteer Citizen)
Margaret Turner (Healthy Start)
Marlena Dixon (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Ellise Tapley (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Marsha Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Gloria Bowen (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Muriel Stephens (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Buntie Hooks (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Roger Mathis (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Judy Mullis (CSB of Middle Georgia)

The Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin/Laurens County met today with 26 present. Denise Forbes opened the meeting with words of welcome.

The minutes of the November 30, 2010 meeting have been distributed and were approved.

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

The sign-up sheet for sub-committee volunteers was distributed. Sherrie Malone has been added to the Professional Education Sub-committee; Parissa Grant, Buntie Hooks, Muriel Stephens, Stacey McNair, and Michelle Isaac have all been added to the Fundraising/Special Events Sub-committee. Kris Taylor was removed from the fund raising subcommittee since she is actively pursuing the organization of the Survivor’s of Suicide Support Group.

Organizing and Planning Suicide Prevention Activities.

Several sub-committees have engaged in active meetings and have elected chairpersons and co-chairs. We are well into the planning stages of upcoming community events and educational opportunities. The committees will continue to seek individuals to participate and assist with coordination of planned activities.

Sub-Committee Reports:

Survivors of Suicide Subcommittee:

Kris Taylor, Chairperson, reported on the, “Survivors of Suicide Support Group Leadership Training” held at The Link, located in Sandy Springs, GA. This was a two-day training (January 21-22) for individuals interested in working with survivor support groups. Those attending were: Tina Clements, Brenda Yawn, and Kris Taylor. Kris shared information from the training. SPIN-GA was recognized today for their contribution of scholarships and the cost of hotel accommodations for the participants who attended the Leadership Training. Recommendations from the training included; resources for group development, the importance of the team in organizing the support group, and establishing a neutral location for the meetings to be held. It was suggested that Kris contact Fairview Park Hospital for a room in their facility to hold the meetings. Brenda stated that this training was, in most ways, a new training experience, since the trainers were able to “give of themselves” from their own experiences with suicide. Brenda complimented Kris and feels that our group will be well led by her and that the teamwork will be good. She felt Kris was a true asset to this effort. Dr. Grigsby echoed this in stating, “never under estimate a lay person”. Kris acknowledges that the biggest challenge will be to get survivors to attend the meetings. Incoming calls for attendance will need to be screened. Tina stated there is also a need for local advertisement throughout Laurens County. Terry Wolfe may be able to help, but her time seems to be very limited. Clay Reynolds, a WLHS student, was suggested since he writes articles for the Courier Herald.

Fundraising Subcommittee: Linda Bailey reported on the raffle tickets (1500 purchased – selling for $1.00 each). Tickets and informational flyers were distributed to members present. The raffle drawing will be held on March 5, 2011 at the Kroger parking lot in Dublin, GA between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. The raffle has been approved through the Laurens County Sheriff’s Department as required. Any purchased tickets/money is due by the subcommittee meeting date of February 22, 2011.

Tina discussed plans for a fall fundraising event, “Unmasking the Darkness”. A planning committee of members from each subcommittee would be necessary to coordinate and organize this event that would include: a keynote speaker, evening meal, decorations, waiters, and a silent auction. Community volunteers will also be needed to assist. Margaret Turner suggested that Tina write a brief paragraph with goals for this event and send this out to coalition members so they can share this with others and solicit help.

Public Relations Subcommittee: Rhonda Cumpsty, Chairperson, has been working on the development of a website along with the IT Department at CSB. Denise Forbes announced the suggested names in Rhonda’s absence. The name selected by the coalition is: stopsuicidelaurens.net. Rhonda will continue her word on the development and will include our logo on the site. There will be a presentation before launching the site.

Quilt/Story Board

Brenda Yawn again noted that progress in this area is very slow.


We continue to submit invoices for reimbursements from our $4000.00 grant.

Youth Suicide Prevention Plan/ Garrett Lee Smith Funding:

Sally has offered our coalition the opportunity to collaborate with the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan (since our targeted age group is 10-24 years) to apply for the second round of funding through the Garrett Lee Smith Grant. Once the plan is written she suggested that we allow some young adults to look over the plan. Adam Lesser, Youth Suicide Director, will be involved in the grant. Our plan should include involvement with public schools, colleges, V.A., university system, Military, and dropouts, to name a few. Our goals and objectives should go along with the state plan for suicide prevention. Sally will provide the coalition with review and offer input/feedback as needed. The plan can also be used as a guide for planning activities. Sally will send Denise Forbes the information and this can then be distributed. Since working so closely with Laurens County over the past months, Sally felt that we would like to participate in the application process. Two of the seven counties for focus in the state of Georgia are Laurens and Dodge. Sally is looking forward to the continued work here in this area. One item that is new for this year’s grant is that the application allows for work with behavior health facility development between behavioral health and the local school system. Sally feels that our coalition would be a good model for this.

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

Sally vander Straeten held a brief meeting in Dublin on December 2, 2010. Since attendance was very low on this date, Sally met with this group at 9:00 a.m. today prior to the coalition meeting. All QPR participants (6) have completed test questions and must have completed the essay questions and submit them to QPR. On 2/15/11, the QPR team will meet to practice QPR role-playing. They will give a report at the 2/22/11 coalition meeting. On 3/15/11 at 9:00 a.m. the QPR team will meet to finalize preparations for the 3/21/11 QPR training to be held at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Dublin at 6:00 p.m. The Resource Committee will be asked to assist with developing a flyer for QPR training. Tina will follow-up with Marlena Dixon and Jennifer Darley about this. Sally suggests that we request registration, but also allow walk-ins. Refreshments will be provided. Sally suggested that we develop a pre-test and post-test as tools to capture the data. Sally has also offered to furnish more QPR books for our QPR team/coalition.

Update on Training Opportunities

“More than Sad” – Connie Daniel commented on her review of the DVD. Jerry Hatcher, County School Superintendent, continues to be somewhat apprehensive about showing the DVD in the school system. Connie will follow-up with him to see if some additional staff can view the DVD. Clint Thomas suggested that the school might want to target just one class. Connie will follow-up with Jerry and try to come to a decision about this and report back.

“13 Reasons Why” A subcommittee has been selected to read, review, and report on the book . (Margaret Turner, Hugh Kight, a school parent, Kelly and/or Janice Canady). Copies of the book were handed out to these members today. Margaret was asked to organize the committee and send out an email to set up a date for having read the book and then come together to review and prepare a report on their findings/opinions. If other coalition members are interested, the book can be found at: Barnes & Nobles, Amazon.com, and is also available at the Laurens County Library.

Lisa Montford reported on the training session; “Working with Bereaved in a Professional Setting”, held on December 20, 2010, for Amy Williams in her absence. The training was very informative. Lisa shared information that Amy brought back with regard to suggestions for dealing with bereavement and interventions models to use. Their power point presentation very good and Amy will provide copies to anyone who wants a copy. Margaret Turner requested a copy of the suicide assessment that CSB will be developing. Sally noted that there will be two additional training upcoming and they can be found on the DBHDD website. Lisa will send Margaret the email regarding these training sessions. Margaret also asked about QPR training and she may contact someone to coordinate this with her coalition.

Special Presentation:

Dr. Donald Grigsby gave a report regarding his research on gun mitigation in the U.S. There are free “gun locks” available through the V.A. A community project to remove the “means” (guns, etc.) was suggested. Dr. Grigsby discussed the use of email communication and how far we are branching out through this. Suicide psychologists look at young females now as much as men in the use of guns as a means of suicide. Dr. Grigsby gave a detailed overview and also sent an email (memo) to the members of the coalition regarding his subject matter for today’s presentation. Preventive measures are needed in this area. The local V.A. is establishing a new program. He noted that posters are being used as an effective means of communication. He reported the statistics that 58% of suicides last year were committed by gun usage. Sally further noted the statistics for Georgia alone are 67% (gun usage).

Other information:

Resource materials were made available.

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 22, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Mental Health Center, Building 5, 2121 Bellevue Road, Dublin, GA.

Lunch will be provided.

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