Enfield Suicide Prevention Steering Committee

The Enfield Suicide Prevention Steering Committee was created in 2011 following the tragic deaths of three youth.
The Enfield Suicide Prevention Steering Committee has a core team of Town Mayor, School Board Chair, Superintendent, Police Administration, School Nurse Supervisor, Director of Special Education, Director of Youth Services, a representative from the faith community, parent, and youth.

Five Subcommittees:

  • Rachel’s Challenge (Youth involvement)
  • Training and Resource Development
  • Behavioral Health
  • Crisis Response Team
  • Early Intervention Team
Meeting Schedule

  • February 8, 2017
  • June 7, 2017
Location: JFK Middle School (Library);
155 Raffia Road Enfield, CT 06082
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
Note: Only for Steering Committee

The Enfield Community went through a series of trainings to understand it takes a community to prevent suicide and work together to reduce other risk factors that contribute to suicide.  Joint training has helped the community understand suicide is not caused by one single factor, but is a complex interconnecting set of risk factors.   The co-occurring issues of mental health, substance use, and access to lethal means create a dangerous triangle.  The more these risk factors are present in an individual, the great risk of tragic loss of life and risk to school and community safety.   The Enfield Suicide Prevention Steering Committee has trained over 2,000 adults and students in Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) in an effort to identify suicidal individuals and connect them to resources.