Minutes – September 25, 2012

Suicide Prevention Coalition – Dublin-Laurens County
September 25, 2012

Denise Forbes, MS LPC (Executive Director, CSB of Middle Georgia)
Tina Clements (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Marnie Braswell (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Lisa Montford (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Ellise Tapley (CSB of Middle Georgia)
Marsha Williams (CSB of Middle Georgia)

The Sub-Committee of the Suicide Prevention Coalition Dublin/Laurens County met today with 6 present. The purpose of today’s meeting was to discuss the outcome of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Coalitions Conference on September 21, 2012 that was hosted by the SPC of Dublin/Laurens. The sub-committee members discussed future planning for ideas and knowledge that was gained from the conference as well.

Also noted:
Survivor’s of Suicide Support Group
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Second Floor Conference Room
V.A. Hospital – Dublin, Georgia

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

We continue to address the needs of promoting the Quilt Project. Payton Towns published two articles in the Courier Herald this month.

Website: http://www.stopsuicidelaurens.org. Email: mail@stopsuicidelaurens.org.

State-Wide Coalition Conference – Planning

The Dublin/Laurens Coalition carried out the organization and coordination of the first state –wide coalition meeting – “Joining Hands Across Georgia” on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Family Life Center in Dublin, GA. Payton Towns needs to be contacted about doing an article as follow up of the conference.

Sheri McGuinness and Sally vander Straeten assisted with the planning and organization of the one-day networking event for Coalitions across the State of Georgia. There were approximately 61 individuals present. The Hospitality Committee coordinated the noon meal and two snack breaks. The registration fees collected were approximately $720.00 and were used to cover the cost. During the conference, coalitions as well as DBHDD personnel, were able to share resources, discuss what works or does not work, share information about awards and grants, and various accomplishments, fundraising ideas, as well as hear about what is going on at the state-level and any upcoming training opportunities.

Some highlights we gathered from the conference:
Family Connections Coordinator is an important piece of coalition efforts.
Partner with RESA
Contact Law Enforcement for local statistics
Make local Hospice Agency aware of Survivor Services
Invite Area Agency on Aging to the table
Invite local coroner to the table
To maintain the right people it is important to show continual progress and have strong coalition leaders
Shared ideas about getting the faith-based community involved: provide area churches with resources – must go to them, attend pastor group meetings to discuss and share, provide bulletin inserts
Place beverage coasters in local bars with resource/contact information for SPC and crisis line number
Options for fundraisers: Chick-fil-A, Kroger, other local vendors, etc.
Always use social medial to share “your coalition story”
Community events: walks, motorcycle rides, donated sports tickets to raffle, dove release, t-shirt sales, fishing tournaments, Table Talk Teen Forum, etc.

One improvement noted for future conferences was to designate a registration time in the pre-conference announcement.

Suggestions during the Wrap-Up Session of the Conference:
Maintain regular communication between coalitions
Expand the number of coalitions in Georgia
Curriculum programs – Girl/Boy Scouts, etc.

Sheri McGuinness will set up a “sharepoint” following the conference (GSPIN).

For Georgia statistics: http://www.span-ga.org
Download Crisis of Suicide Educational Packet

Clara Boyer (SPC –Dublin/Laurens) will attend the Survivor training in Sandy Springs, GA – February 1-2, 2013.

Projects that we will be exploring:
Candle Light Walk
Christmas Tree display at the local Festival of Trees (OFLTC)
Participation in the local Christmas Parade
Chalk-It-Up – Community Event for survivors
Using the Gwinnett Tool Kit for nurses, nursing students, nursing homes and assisted living facilities
Training with local ER and EMS staff

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

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Mental Health Center, Building 5 – 2121 Bellevue Road, Dublin, GA.

Reminder: Please RSVP for Lunch / Donations will be accepted