Dr. Tom Delaney: Protecting Young Lives

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth in Vermont, yet finding care that directly addresses suicide prevention with an evidence-based approach is exceedingly difficult. Adding to the complexity is a deficit in suicide prevention research and a limited availability of suicide-specific trainings for clinic-based care providers, staff and learners.

In 2023, the Vermont-based Four Pines Fund made formative philanthropic investments in two initiatives that aim to provide resources not only to prevent suicide deaths but to also prevent and reduce the tremendous suffering associated with suicidality and all its drivers.

Millions of Americans experience symptoms of a mental health condition each year, and the number of people seeking care is trending upward. The Four Pines Fellowship for Excellence in Suicide Prevention and Treatment was envisioned by Thomas Delaney, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics at The University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine, medical educator and mental health researcher.

The fellowship is made possible through philanthropic support from the Four Pines Fund and is the first of its kind, providing suicide prevention-specific research and clinical learning opportunities to cohorts of emerging health care providers. 

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