Substance Abuse Training Session (April 6, Columbia, Suicide Prevention)
- Health & Wellness
- Conference Room B, South Central Regional Health Office, Columbia TN
Five contact hours are available for participants.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Anne Henning-Rowan, Chair, TSPN Rural West Region
The Hon. Houston W. Patrick, Mayor of the City of Weakley County (Invited)
The Hon. Randy Brundige, Mayor of the City of Martin (Invited)
Dr. Tom Rakes, Chancellor, University of Tennessee-Martin
“History of TSPN and Suicide Statistics for Rural West Tennessee”
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.
“Suicide Prevention on the College Campus”
John’Na Webster, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, UT-Martin Student Health and Counseling Services
Learn about the protocols for suicide prevention education and crisis intervention in place at UT-Martin and other college campuses.
Break for Networking and Preview of Exhibits
Remarks from Melissa Sparks, RN, MSN, Director of Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
“Suicide Prevention and Older Adults”
Kris Moore, Behavioral HealthCare Center at Martin
Tennesseans over the age of 65 have a suicide rate double that of the general population. This session explains the suicide risk factors affecting older adults.
“VA Initiatives in Suicide Prevention for Returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans”
Renee Brown, LCSW, Memphis VA Center
This presentation will focus on initiatives that the Suicide Prevention Team at the Memphis VA Medical Center is employing to care for those veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Substance Abuse and Suicide”
Granger Brown, LMSW, MSW, Substance Abuse Outreach Coordinator, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
Substance abuse is a major risk factor for suicide. This presentation examines how the interplay between the substances involved, brain chemistry, and personal problems can lead to suicidal behavior.
Closing Remarks and Discussional
The Rural West Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
would like to thank the following
Behavioral HealthCare Center at Martin
Behavioral Health Initiatives, Inc.
Carey Counseling Center
Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency
Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department
Lakeside Behavioral Health System
Northwest Council on Children and Youth
Pathways Behavioral Health Services
Quinco Mental Health Center
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
Tennessee Voices for Children
UT-Martin Student Health and Counseling Services
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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