Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2017

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network cordially invites you to join us for our annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Day event, scheduled for 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 13, at Trevecca Community Church, located at 335 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville. This year’s event will feature the presentation of a signed proclamation from the office of Governor Bill Haslam (invited) 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. We’ll also recognize this year’s Regional Suicide Prevention Award winners and announce the winner of the Madge and Ken Tullis, MD, Suicide Prevention Award.

Marie Williams, LCSW, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, has been invited as a speaker for this event. Guests will have an opportunity to review the new “Love Never Dies” Memorial Quilt (thirteenth in the series and the largest yet created), the military boot exhibit from Fort Campbell-a display that powerfully depicts the effects of suicide on our veterans and their families-and an art installation coordinated by Your Heart on Art, Inc. and created by survivors of suicide and suicide attempts. A catered luncheon sponsored by


will immediately follow the ceremony’s close.

RSVPs are required for this event for catering purposes; please submit these to no later than 4 PM CDT on Thursday, September 7.

Regional Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Projects

The current listing of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month events is available on our website. This list is constantly being updated to include newly scheduled events and additional details on those already listed. For your convenience, they have been divided up by Tennessee Grand Regions. For questions about these events, contact the appropriate Regional Coordinator as listed. Also provided is a press release about this month’s observance and a set of articles on suicide prevention, suitable for provision to local media outlets.

We’re also offering our popular “30 Days of Suicide Prevention” calendar, featuring suggestions of things you can do every day in September to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health.

Finally, TSPN is currently collecting signatures from city mayors, county executives, public service agencies, and private companies for this year’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month proclamation. (Governor Bill Haslam’s office will sign off on a proclamation on behalf of the state of Tennessee, to be presented at the Suicide Prevention Awareness Day event on September 14.) The proclamation document is available for download on the TSPN website. Before making an appointment with local government officials, make sure to contact your Regional Coordinator to make sure your county or city has not already signed off on a proclamation.

We look forward to seeing you at Suicide Prevention Awareness Day and/or one of our other local events, and we thank you for the role you play in helping to save lives in Tennessee.