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"Saving Lives in Rural West Tennessee"

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

Friday, September 5, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

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8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sabrina Anderson, Chair, TSPN Rural West Region
The Hon. Jerry Gist, Mayor of the City of Jackson
The Hon. Jimmy Harris, Mayor of Madison County

9:15 AM
“History of TSPN and Suicide Statistics for Rural West Tennessee / Zero Suicide Initiative”
Scott Ridgway, MS, Executive Director, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

Contrary to popular belief, suicide is more common in rural areas than in large cities. This session explains the suicide trends in play in western Tennessee. Mr. Ridgway will also discuss the Zero Suicide Initiative, an innovative project to prevent suicide within hospitals and behavioral health centers.

9:45 AM
The Way Forward: Pathways to Hope, Recovery, and Wellness With Insights from Lived Experience”
Samantha Nadler, AS, BS, Regional Coordinator, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

The Way Forward summarizes eight core values and offers a lens through which suicide prevention can be envisioned to embrace safety and bring hope and meaning to those in suicidal despair.

10:30 AM
Break for Networking and Preview of Exhibits

10:45 AM
“Cyberbullying: The Problem and the Response”
Deb Taylor, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Tennessee

Bullying and harassment through the Internet and social media is a growing problem for our children, implicated in several high priority youth suicides. This seminar explores the nature and severity of the problem and what we can do to counter its effects.

11:30 AM
“The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)”
Samantha Nadler, AS, BS, Regional Coordinator

TSPN is working to promote the use of C-SSRS as a suicide screening mechanism within healthcare and behavioral health facilities across the state. This presentation will explore this tool, which is quickly becoming the standard in suicide risk and lethality assessment across the country and internationally.

12:00 PM

1:00 PM
Remarks from E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (invited)

1:30 PM    
“SOS Signs of Suicide: A Panel Discussion”
Staff of the Milan Special School District

SOS Signs of Suicide is a school-based curriculum and screening program that has demonstrated decreased suicide attempts, among other positive outcomes, in adolescents. SOS can be taught in two one-hour lessons. The Milan Special School District recently implemented this curriculum for its students. Learn more about how this program was put into practice and the change it is creating within the schools and the greater community.

2:30 PM
Closing Remarks, Resources, and Discussion

Have questions about "Saving Lives in Rural West Tennessee"? Contact Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

When & Where

Jackson-Madison County Health Department
804 North Parkway
Jackson, Tennessee

Friday, September 5, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

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Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is the statewide public-private organization responsible for implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention as defined by the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Our grass-roots association which works across the state to eliminate the stigma of suicide and educate communities about the warning signs of suicide, with the ultimate intention of reducing suicide rates in the state of Tennessee.

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"Saving Lives in Rural West Tennessee"
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