Minutes September 24th, 2013


September 24, 2013



Amy Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Clinton Thomas (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Connie McDaniel (Laurens County Board of Education)

Connie Smith (Family Connection)

Denise Forbes (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Dina P. McDonald (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Dr. Thomas Rumble (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Ellise Tapley (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Linda Bailey (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Lisa Montford (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Marnie Braswell (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Marquita Timmons (Laurens County Board of Education)

Summer Faulk (Laurens County Board of Education)

Tina Clements (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Gloria Bowen (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Jakimva Martin (Laurens County Board of Education)

Katrina Veal (CSB of Middle Georgia)

Destiny Allen (Communities In Schools.)

Candace Shepherd (VA)

Nicole Fields (DBHDD Region 5)

The Suicide Prevention Coalition Dublin-Laurens (SPC-DL) met today with 20 present.  Denise opened by welcoming the members, acknowledging the Coalition’s third year, and thanking Coalition members for their support over the past three years. She also reminded the Coalition that beginning October, Tina Clements will assume the role of Chairperson, Ellise Tapley, Co-Chair, and Gloria Bowen, Secretary. Denise will continue to work with the Coalition and be available if needed.

Minutes for 08/27/13 –  Motions made to approve and carried.

Denise passed around the distribution list with addresses and contact information, the sub-committee grid, and the working draft of Strategic Plan for 2014 for Committee to review.


Survivors Of Suicide Subcommittee

Clara Boyer completed the Survivors of Suicide Facilitator training in August 2013. However, no one has been attending the Survivors of Suicide group.  Committee suggested that the sub-committee meet and discuss ways to contact survivors and encourage participation. May need to do another article for the newspaper; sub-committee could meet with Payton Towns from Courier Herald.

Marnie and her group will be working on Youth Friendly Survivors of Suicide packets; will discuss with Sherrie McGuinness. Their tentative goal is the end of October for completion and distribution.

Public Relations Subcommittee


HYPERLINK “http://www.stope”


Email:  mail@stopsuicidelaurens.org.

Georgia National Violent Death Reporting System (website)

Oasis (Google) Georgia Public Health    death / mortality rates /morbidity.

Georgia Crisis and Access Line    1-800-715-4225

HYPERLINK “http://www.mygcal.com”

Suicide Prevention Life Line        1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Gloria will email Rhonda Cumpsty about setting up a Facebook page for Suicide Prevention Coalition. Gloria will also follow up with Patyon Towns at Courier Herald regarding the filler for the paper.

Dina McDonald will write an article for the Laurens County Life magazine.  The topic will be awareness of suicide and suggestion were made that she may be able to write about the Youth Advisory Council, Quilt Project, Survivor of Suicide Bereavement group, or anything that the Coalition has been involved with in the community.


Marlena Dixon continues to research for new materials. Denise obtained resource information from the annual state-wide Coalition Conference and sent to Marlena.  She also asked Committee to send any resource contact information to Marlena (Marlena Dixon@csbmg.com).


Denise Forbes and Tina Clements attended the Annual Suicide Prevention Coalition Conference in Rome, GA on September 20, 2013. Tina reviewed the agenda for the day and discussed the keynote speaker, John Trautwein.  He is a survivor of suicide and established a foundation “Will-To-Live” in memory of his son who died by suicide at age of 15.  He encourages kids to talk to each other in his messages. Tina suggested that we ask him to be the keynote speaker for the Youth Rally in 2014. Destiny has the information and will make contact.

Denise and Tina were asked to participate in 3 breakout sessions at the Conference to discuss events that the Dublin-Laurens Coalition has been involved with such as the Youth Rally, grants, and the billboard contest.

Youth/Children (Sources of Strength)

Marnie reported that they had Adult Advisory training with 30 people in attendance (CSB of Middle GA staff and East Laurens Middle/High staff).  She reported that Johnson County Schools also contacted Marnie about the Sources of Strength program. Johnson County wants us to get the grant for them. The SOS Team met with Treutlen principal and will be planning for the Peer Leader training date with the school counselor.

Youth Advisory Council


Denise suggested that we invite the Youth Advisory Council to the next Coalition meeting and maybe have a small meeting with them after the Coalition meeting. The School Counselors also suggested that the Youth Advisory Council be awarded certificates of participation at the end of the school year. It was suggested to present the certificates at the Youth Rally or Honor’s Night at school. Counselors also suggested that the Sources of Strength students be recognized. Dr. Rumble suggested that we expand the Youth Advisory to do a public service project.

QPR Training

We have a total of 12 certified QPRs. Kelly Canady has QPR training schedule in 2014 at Dublin High School.

Tina Clements reported that we are in need of QPR books.  An order has been placed for approximately 500 books.  Sources of Strength was able to help with the cost.


Denise reported that Sally vander Straeten stated that we may be eligible for funds for the Coalition.  The funds will continue to be dispersed as previously by submitting invoices for various events, meetings, and trainings. She reported that funding may also be awarded through Suicide Safer Community for $3000.  There are 30 Coalitions state-wide and only 18 will be funded through Suicide Safer Community.

Dina McDonald is working on a Georgia Power Grant.  We can use funds to help with the 2014 Youth Rally.


Dina McDonald reported on the 2013 “Breaking the Stigma” T-Shirt design contest through Georgia Suicide Prevention Information Network (GSPIN).  The submission deadline is October 1 and will have public voting through GSPIN website.  The top 3 designs will be available to order through the website.

Fundraising options were discussed:

o       Quilt Raffle – Connie McDaniel reported that the Laurens Happy Quilters are making a quilt for Suicide Prevention Coalition. They plan to enter it in a competition in January. After the competition, they are donating the quilt to Suicide Prevention Coalition for a raffle fund raiser. Linda Bailey is in charge of getting the raffle together.

o       Bunco Tournament – Gloria sent Judi Davis an email inquiring about the Bunco Tournament.  Waiting for a reply.

o       Healing Heart Cookbook – Denise viewed the cookbook at the Annual Conference. She stated that this seemed to be an easy project and required no upfront financial investment.


  • GSPIN Communities (Georgia Suicide Prevention Information Network) – Sherri McGuinness is overseeing this site.  She would like to have this as a community space to chat with other Coalitions.  Website will have newsletters, facebook page, and other coalition information. This is a new site. http://www.gspin.org/Communities
  • The following students have agreed to participate in the Sources of Strength program:

o       Jenna Helton       Amari Brown        Braxton Hodge

o       Grayson Carswell           Veronica Wilcox      Morgan White

o       Caytlin Barwick          Jared Warren            Carlandria Jones

o       Laurne Hendley         Kristina Meeks

  • CIS Community Health Walk – Destiny reported that different community partners are joining them in an effort to promote health.  The community partners will have tables with information display about health and provide water and snacks to the walkers. Marnie is overseeing the participation of Suicide Prevention Coalition and CSB of Middle GA C&A program.
  • Dina McDonald studied the process of the Coalition becoming a 501c3 organization.  She reported that it takes a minimum of 100 hours to complete the application.  You are required to submit $400 fee with the application.  After submitting the application, it then takes up to 12 months to receive a reply.  Will bring information back to the next meeting.
  • CSB of Middle Georgia held a Substance Abuse Community forum on 9/13/13.  Dina McDonald coordinated forum and we had 100 people in attendance.
  • Connie Smith stated that Family Connection is looking at doing the Teen Maze again in May, 2014. She suggested that we may want to have a suicide prevention track.
  • Heart of Georgia Healthy Start is holding its Platinum Jubilee dinner and awards night on Sept 24, 2013.
  • Breast Cancer Walk is scheduled on October 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Fairview Park. The fee is $20 which includes a t-shirt.
  • Jakimva Martin was the winner of the door prize today.


The next meeting is scheduled for 10/29/13 at 11:30 a.m. at CMHC, Building #5. We will have a meeting on November 25 and no meeting in December.Minu