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"Saving Lives in Southeast Tennessee"

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

"Saving Lives in Southeast 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

Tim Tatum, MA, LPC-MHSP, Director of Behavioral Health, Pine Ridge Treatment Center

Chair, TSPN Southeast Region

The Hon. Jim Coppinger, Mayor of Hamilton County (invited)

The Hon. Andy Berke, Mayor of the City of Chattanooga (invited)


9:15-9:30 AM

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


9:30-9:50 AM

“Beyond Our Pain: Survivors of Suicide Speak Out”

Sandy Smith and Katie King, Community Activists

Ms. Smith and Ms. King, mother-daughter survivors of suicide, explain the unique challenges associated with suicide grief and recovery.


9:50-10:15 AM

“History of TSPN / Suicide in Southeast Tennessee”

Scott Ridgway, MS, Executive Director,Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

TSPN’s Executive Director explains the origins and purposes of the Network, as well as the suicide trends in play in southeastern Tennessee.


10:15 AM

Break for Networking and Preview of Exhibits


10:25-11:05 AM

“Substance Abuse and Suicide ”

Scott Ridgway, MS, Executive Director,Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

The combination of mental illness, substance abuse, and environmental stressors can be life-threatening. All of these factors must be addressed as part of the recovery process.


11:05-11:35 AM

“Suicide Prevention Initiatives at UTC”

Tricia Henderson, Coordinator, AOD and Mental Health Education,Counseling and Personal Development Center, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Find out how students and faculty at UTC are bringing life-saving knowledge and resources to the greater community.


11:35 AM   - 12:35 PM

Lunch (provided by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)


12:35-1:05 PM

PTSD and Suicide Among Veterans

Dr. Sam Bernard, President/CEO, the PAR Foundation

This presentation will focus on initiatives currently being employed to care for veterans returning from combat deployments and prevent suicide within the armed forces


1:05-1:35 PM

“Youth Suicide: Cause and Effect”

Deanna Doran, Youth Villages

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


1:35-2:05 PM

“Men, Midlife, and Suicide”

Tim Tatum, MA, LPC-MHSP, Director of Behavioral Health, Pine Ridge Treatment Center

Chair, TSPN Southeast Region

White males between the ages of 45 and 64 have the highest suicide rate nationally and in Tennessee. This segment explains the suicide risk factors affecting this population group.


2:05-2:35 PM

“QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer”

Kristen Vaughn, LPC-MHSP

Learn how you can engage severely depressed or actively suicidal persons, talk them out of drastic action, and connect them with the help they need.


2:35 - 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks and Community Resources

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

When & Where

The AIM Center
472 Martin Luther King Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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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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