This event is the highlight of our annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Month observance, which is marked by educational, awareness, and memorial events across the state. This year's event will feature the presentation of a signed proclamation from the office of Governor Bill Haslam officially recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Tennessee. Similar proclamations from cities and counties all over the state will also be presented at the event.
Several speakers and dignitaries from state departments and agencies have been invited to attend. Additionally, we will recognize this year’s Regional Suicide Prevention Award winners and announce the winner of the Madge and Ken Tullis, MD, Suicide Prevention Award.
Guests will have an opportunity to review the new "Love Never Dies" Memorial Quilt (tenth in the series), the military boot exhibit from Fort Campbell—a display that powerfully depicts the effects of suicide on our veterans and their families—and a travelling art installation coordinated by Your Heart on Art, Inc. and created by survivors of suicide and suicide attempts.
Finally, we will be providing novelty TSPN license plates to guests at this event, free of charge. These plates are modeled after the specialty license plates we developed earlier, and while they are not official, we hope they will raise awareness of both the Network and its suicide prevention mission.
A catered luncheon sponsored by Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital will immediately follow the ceremony's close.
We encourage you to forward this message and invite others who might be interested. We look forward to seeing all of you in September as we celebrate our successes, remember those we have lost, and look forward to a future of saving lives in Tennessee.
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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.