Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
After being denied a state grant, a number of North Country theaters could go dark by the end of the year. That's because Hollywood is getting rid of film movies, which is what those theaters rely on. But they're not giving up yet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
This horrific event has many of us wondering what could have been done to prevent this and although still so much is unknown about the shooter and his mental health, we learned more about Vermont's mental health population today.
Out of the approximate 600,000 Vermonters, 28,000 of them have some form of a mental illness.
"I think we have a responsibility to each other in communities to not turn a blind eye on people who we feel may need some help," State Mental Health Commissioner, Mary Moulton said.
So because we know this is a large and very serious problem, we want you to know that there are resources out there for people who are having violent thoughts, and there are warning signs to look out for.
Unfortunately, there really is no cookie cutter answer, every case is individual, and that's of course why it can be hard to diagnose, and sometimes too late. But the most important piece of advice is to ask for help.
Let me start by saying that certainly not everyone who has a mental illness is going to be violent but because these horrific mass shootings keep happening and can't be predicted, we want to at least help you assess the risk.
"When life seems to get so out of control that things we normally do to comfort ourselves aren't helping, that's a good sign that you need help," Dr. Jaskanwar Batra said, of the Mental Health Department.
There are two sides here. You personally feel overwhelmed, or you're concerned about someone else. In both cases, ask for help... say something.
"The thing is to listen to people and take what they say seriously," Commissioner Moulton said.
Vermont pours 200-million dollars each year into the mental health budget. Even that amount of money is no doubt stretched thin... the state hospital was destroyed in Irene, so there's a shortage of beds in other hospitals, but still there are resources available.
"We have ten community mental health centers throughout the state; we have numerous private providers who can be called within every community," Commissioner Moulton said.
If you're noticing behaviors change in yourself or your friend... like isolation, changes in sleep or diet, you can talk to your primary care doctor, a psychiatrist, a crisis hotline, or you can even just show up to the emergency room. There's someone who can help you right away if you don't know where to start.
Vermont is also working on something new, a mobile crisis team... A team would literally come out to your house if you're having a mental health breakdown.
Experts say most people who are in need of help are asking for it, so now we just have to reach the people who aren't.