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January 2011 Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition Minutes

Monroe County Suicide Prevention Coalition

January 27, 2011

Hooker Conference Room - Showers City Hall


Attending: Sheri Benham (Stepping Stones); Maureen Gahan (Milestones); Michael James (Ivy Tech Community College); Liz Kalina (Elder Care Connections); Marsha McCarty (Catholic Charities); Maryjane McNabb (Veterans Administration); Kara Mahuron (Monroe County Probation); Valerie Markley (MHA); Jennifer Myers (Private Practice); Matt Oliver (Centerstone); MaryBeth Roedl (YMCA); Becky Rose (MCCSC); Kristin Wolfe (Meadows Hospital); Beverly Calender-Anderson (City of Bloomington); Guest: Mike Biggs

Regrets: Dee Burt, Jean Scallon Nancy Woolery

I. Welcome/Introductions

Minutes of the December meeting were distributed.

II. Coalition Updates

III. Committee Updates:

· Awareness/Promotion: Committee members met on 1/24/11 and discussed its purpose and key roles in relating to other committees such as: when trainings are planned the Awareness/Promotion committee distributes information using social media, print and electronic media and at events. They feel their main purpose is to keep the face of suicide at the forefront through storytelling, fundraising and collateral. They would like to distribute flyers/brochures at local events on ways to reduce and eradicate suicide; promote available resources; and take responsibility for fundraising especially engaging local retailers. They've identified their needs as: collateral materials; development of a listserv; and panel of speakers and broadcast on CATS. They will continue to meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 5:30 at Meadows.

· Training/Education: The committee met and brainstormed a number of ideas/opportunities to pursue. A) Develop a 40-45 minute long canned training on suicide awareness that can be used when speaking to business and community groups. They would also like to develop a speaker's bureau that would be available to deliver these presentations. The YMCA has monthly Brown Bag Lunch presentations and the committee would like to roll this presentation out at the Y's October session. B) Bring Rachael's Challenge program to area schools; C) Develop a strategy for approaching businesses in the community; D) Provide CONNECT - Postvention Train the Trainer module. This 3 hour module is available without charge until September, 2011. The Coalition would be responsible for providing transportation and lodging for the trainers. It was suggested that the Community Foundation might be a potential sources of funding for this project.

· Resources: The committee brainstormed ways to get information into the hands of other service providers. They will reach out to funeral homes about the possibility of providing packets to give to families. They will also be in touch with the Coroner's Office. They talked about having a person assigned to serve as the media contact for the Coalition as well as the production of collateral materials - bookmarks, etc. that will be distributed to schools. They are also looking into the development of a database of free trainings/resources available to the community. Kristin Wolfe volunteered to serve as the Coalition's media liaison.

Other Business: