The Social & Emotional Learning and School Climate Collaborative has been formed in Connecticut. The group recently held their inaugural meeting. One of the members is Suicide Prevention Advocate Debbie Berman. The Brookfield resident lost her daughter to suicide 11 years ago at age 14. The collaborative was created to assist local and regional school boards in efforts to improve school climate. The group will also study youth suicide and the state's response. The model positive school climate proposal is due to state officials by January 1st. By July 1st, the Collaborative must submit a proposed assessment. Two subcommittees will be established in the coming weeks. One will investigate deaths by despair while the other will come up with a model policy based on best practices from schools and communities in Connecticut.