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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Posted on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady (seated) is pictured with (l to r): Jim Gass, So. Cumber-land AmeriCorp VISTA; Dave Hodges, Grundy Faith Based Recovery; Jeremy Taylor, Volun-teer Behavioral Health; Shelia Beard, Sequatchie Valley Head Start; Katie Goforth, Volunteer Be-havioral Health; and So-fia Leon-Meza, Grundy County Health Department.

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) and its allies in the public health, mental health, and social service fields are joining forces to recognize the month of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. During this annual observance, TSPN and its allies arrange several educational and memorial events across Tennessee. These projects help teach the general public about the problem of suicide and how it can be prevented. They also give us an opportunity to remember those lost to suicide; to encourage survivors of suicide, survivors of suicide attempts, and people who have triumphed over mental illness; and to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to suicide prevention efforts in our state.

As part of this observance locally, Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady signed a Proclamation recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Regionally, the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is hosting an event on September 24, at Hixon United Methodist Church, in Chattanooga. The event, Closing the Gap: The Intersection of Suicide and Substance Abuse Prevention, will feature Kevin Hines, one of only 34 people to survive a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge. He will give his message of hope and recovery from mental illness and substance abuse. Registration for this event is required, and open at this link, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/closing-the-gap-addressing-the-intersection-between-suicide-and-substance-use-disorders-tickets-45870339420

Details about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month observance and other events planned across the state can be found on the TSPN website (http://tspn.org/september- 2018).