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"Saving Lives in South Central Tennessee"

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

"Saving Lives in South Central Tennessee"

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8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Jennifer Harris, TSPN Advisory Council Chair


9:15 AM

“History of TSPN and Suicide Statistics for South Central 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 south central Tennessee.


9:30 AM

“Beyond Our Pain: Survivors of Suicide Speak Out”

Karyl Chastain Beal, M.Ed., TSPN South Central Regional Chair

A survivor-activist explains the unique challenges associated with suicide grief and recovery.


10:30 AM

Break for Networking and Preview of Exhibits

10:45 AM           

“Suicide Prevention and Older Adults”

Emily Hill, Community Education Director, Behavioral Healthcare Center-Columbia

Tennesseans over the age of 65 have a suicide rate much higher than the general population. This session explains the suicide risk factors affecting older adults.

11:15 AM

“Youth Suicide: Cause and Effect”

Jennifer Loh, Contact Lifeline

This session explains the factors that put teens and young adults at risk of suicide—or that reduce that risk.


12:15 PM



1:00 PM

“Substance Abuse and Suicide”

Scott Ridgway, MS, Executive Director, 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.

2:00 PM

“Question, Persuade, and Refer: A Suicide Prevention Training Session”

Ellen Stowers, Contact LifeLine

Learn how to spot the warning signs of a suicide crisis, how to talk a depressed or suicidal person out of harming themselves or others, and connect them with crisis intervention resources in their area.


3:00 PM

Closing Remarks and Discussion

Have questions about "Saving Lives in South Central Tennessee"? Contact Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

When & Where

Rain Teen Center
1910 Sharp Springs Road
Decherd, TN 37324

Wednesday, April 2, 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 South Central Tennessee"
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