Region 5 Suicide Advisory Board
The Region 5 Suicide Advisory Board
~Integrates and coordinates suicide prevention, intervention, and response activities across multiple sectors and settings including all 43 communities in Region 5.
~Supports the overall vision of the Statewide Connecticut SAB and provides the local and regional infrastructure for suicide prevention and postvention response activities.
This advisory board is made up of local prevention council representatives, clinicians, people with lived experience including survivors of suicide attempts and family members, prevention
professionals, school social workers and psychologists, healthcare, crisis intervention specialists and law enforcement. We provide updates from our networks of care and report on emerging trends around suicide- availability of new resources and funding opportunities, identification of at-risk populations, training gaps, programs offered throughout the state of CT and nationally. The R5SAB supports the WCTC staff and encourages people in our service area to attend QPR trainings that are conducted weekly by our staff. During COVID-19 we were able to provide these evidence-based programs online and have trained 406 new people by the end of December 2020. The R5SAB membership influence the workplan of the CT Suicide Advisory Board and they are responsible for communicating information from the CT SAB back to their own organizations.
R5SAB is currently planning a Postvention Training for February 2021. Our vision is that each of the 43 towns in the Western Region will have established a Postvention Team that has been trained to use best practices during the response to a suicide in their community.
All are welcome to help promote this important initiative.
The R5 SAB meets quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month from 10am-noon, during September, December, March and June.