Minutes – March 29, 2011

 Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin-Laurens County

March 29, 2011


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

Linda L. Bailey (CMHC – DD Services, Senior Program Manager)

Tina Clements (CMHC – Adult MH/AD Services, Program Manager)

Connie Smith (Laurens Family Connection)

Hugh Kight (Laurens County Board of Education)

Marquitta Timmons (Laurens County Board of Education)

Sergeant Marcus Rogers (Operations Officer, Dublin Police Dept.)

Rhonda Cumpsty, Ed.D. (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Amy Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Clara Boyer, (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Brenda Yawn (Volunteer Citizen)

Faye Mullis (Bleckley County/Volunteer)

Margaret Turner (Director/Coordinator, Heart of Georgia Healthy Start)

Vonda Darrisaw (Dublin Judicial Circuit, Victims Assistance Program)

Reverend Vernon Lloyd

Claudia Peavy (Community Volunteer)

Clinton Thomas (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Andrea Coley (Community Volunteer)

Dick Mahoney (Community Volunteer)

Wendy Kelsey (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Nancy Colter (visitor)

Marlena Dixon (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Ellise Tapley (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Marsha Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Michael Bracewell (CSB of Middle Georgia, IT Department)

The Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin/Laurens County met today with 25 present. Denise Forbes opened the meeting with words of welcome.

The minutes of the February 22, 2011 meeting have been distributed and were accepted and approved. Denise gave a brief overview of revenue and expenses for the coalition as of the current date. The CSBMG Accounting Department is working on a detailed spreadsheet and will provide this for Denise sometime during April.

Contact information (spreadsheet of addresses, emails, etc.) was not distributed for review/additions/corrections, this month. We will circulate this again next month for any updates as needed.

The sign-up sheet for sub-committee volunteers will be updated. Michael Bracewell, Ellise Tapley, and Jennifer Darley have all been added to the Media/Publicity Subcommittee.

Sub-Committee Reports

Fundraising Subcommittee

Linda Bailey reported on the raffle tickets (1500). Sold tickets and collected funds minus expenses (cost of tickets and cash prizes to three winners) produced total revenue of $1207.00. Sally vander Straeten has some outstanding tickets/cash to be collected. Ellise will send her another reminder to submit to Muriel Stephens at CSB. Clint Thomas was recognized for promoting the sell of approximately 300 tickets that remained during the last several days of the campaign. The raffle drawing was held, and the three winners were notified.

A Golf Tournament Fundraiser has been suggested. Clint Thomas will assist in the coordination of this along with Mr. Ed Pierce (Riverview Golf Course). The tentative date is Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Riverview Golf Course in Dublin from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The rental form must be completed and submitted six (6) weeks prior. Advertisement in local paper and information to circulate in the community is also needed. We must have a minimum of 60 participants in order to have the tournament. Our goal is to have 60-80 participants. Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be given. Hugh Kight volunteered to bring his cooker if the committee decides to also sell food during the tournament. The profit margin should be no less than $1800.00 per Clint (not including food sales).

“Unmasking the Darkness” is tentatively planned for 2012. Laurie Wicker (former organizer for “Denim and Diamonds”) was contacted. She has agreed to meet with Tina Clements, Ellise Tapley, and Linda Bailey for a lunch meeting one day during April 2011. Tina will notify Linda and Ellise when a date has been secured with Laurie.

Survivors of Suicide Subcommittee

Kris Taylor, Chairperson, was not present today. Brenda Yawn reported. Brenda has talked with personnel at Fairview Park Hospital about a meeting room for the SOS group. The hospital had nothing to offer at the time. Brenda contacted the Laurens County Library and a room has been reserved for April and May. The room may not always be available, due to other events and functions that it is used for. The first meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at the Laurens County Library.

Tina reported that the over-sized postcards to be distributed to law enforcement, funeral homes, and other community agencies have been printed and received. Law enforcement and funeral home directors will be given these to be made available for families, should a family want a team to visit them. Kris Taylor will be the initial contact person (since it is recommended that this person be a survivor). Hopefully, this will help to get the word out about the group meetings to promote attendance.

Public Relations Subcommittee

Rhonda Cumpsty, Chairperson, and Michael Bracewell (CSBMG IT Department) reported on the newly developed website on Word Press: stopsuicidelaurens.net. The Subcommittee will continue to work on development of the web page. Michael Bracewell, Ellise Tapley, and Jennifer Darley have been appointed to the sub-committee, and Rhonda will be scheduling a meeting in the near future. Email information can be submitted to: mailatstopsuicidelaurnes.org. Ellise will be in charge of monitoring and coordinating the emails. Training and event dates will be posted on the website as this information is received. Rhonda encouraged the coalition members to submit information to build up the web page. Michael discussed the capabilities of the website and links to other websites (Facebook, Twitter, and others as designated). One link will be to the Crisis Line, but it will be noted that the website itself, is NOT a crisis line. Ellise will send Michael the information regarding the suicide stats for Laurens County that Sally vander Straeten provided from the Oasis Website.

Resource Committee

No report this date. If any resources are needed, please contact jdarley@csbmg.com for assistance.


We continue to submit invoices for reimbursements from our $4000.00 grant. Ellise will send Invoice #6 to Sally following the meeting today. The invoice will be for a total of $250.00.

Youth Suicide Prevention Plan/ Garrett Lee Smith Funding:

We are applying through the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan for funding through the Garrett Lee Smith Grant (for Laurens & Dodge County). We have received some letters of support (Dublin City Schools, CSB of Middle Georgia, Dodge County). The fourth letter of support from the Laurens County School system is still pending. Lisa Montford will be reminded to follow-up. The letters will be submitted to Adam Lesser, Youth Suicide Director.

QPR Training – Question, Persuade, Refer

QPR trainers:

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)

This group continues to plan for training events and also working towards the development of a training video to be used by sheriff’s deputies and local police officers in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). Marquitta Timmons will begin coordinating the efforts to produce the video.

Seventeen participants attended the QPR Training session held on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Family Life Center in Dublin. Clay Reynolds, WLHS student, wrote an article that was published in the Dublin Courier Herald regarding the training session.

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

Advancing Suicide – (Information was forwarded by email). Denise reported that Marlena Dixon (CSBMG) will participate in the webinar on 3/31/2011.

CSB will send two staff members to 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.

13 Reasons Why” – Several members have completed the book and others are now reading it (three books re-distributed today). Hugh Kight again noted how realistic the book is with regard to the happenings and events of the young girl’s life. Book is Available: Barnes & Nobles, Amazon.com, and Laurens County Library.


Barbara Long, Executive Director, NAMI Central Georgia, will conduct school presentations. Her program, “The BAM Anti-Bullying Method”, is a power point tool designed for use with students in Pre-K through 5th grade. 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 www.namicentralga.org.

Other reports/information:

Peyton Tuthill College Scholarships – email forwarded. Applicants can go to www.peytontuthill.org to download the application and apply for the Peyton Tuthill Foundation “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.

Vet’s Chat Line – (Information forwarded from Dr. Donald Grigsby, VA. By email). This information will be added to the Coalition Website.

Sherri McGuinness, CEO SPAN-GA, will be listing our coalition information on her website. Ellise sent her some information and she is also gathering information from some of the subcommittees as needed.

Teen Suicide Article – (Forwarded by email) Teen Suicide: More schools bring issue out of shadows – Talking it out can be a preventive step, educators say, by John Keilman, Tribune Reporter (February 21, 2011).

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, April 26, 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