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"Saving Lives in Rural West Tennessee"

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

Friday, September 20, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

"Saving Lives in Rural West Tennessee"

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Five contact hours are available for participants.

Event Agenda

8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 AM

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


9:15 AM

“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.


9:30 AM

“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.


10:30 AM

Break for Networking and Preview of Exhibits


10:45 AM

Remarks from Melissa Sparks, RN, MSN, Director of Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services


 11:00 AM  

“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.


11:30 AM

“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.


12:10 PM



1:00 PM    

“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.


2:45 PM

Closing Remarks and Discussional


The Rural West Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

 would like to thank the following

Conference Supporters


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


Youth Villages


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

When & Where

Boling University Center, University of Tennessee-Martin

Martin, TN

Friday, September 20, 2013 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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