In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, the Interventions with Populations at Risk Class at Freed-Hardeman University partnered with Public Health Educator, Mia McNeal and Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) Regional Director, Lindsey Carr to facilitate a Suicide Prevention training on Sept. 7. On Sept. 22, students were asked to wear purple in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month. Purple and/or teal is worn to help raise awareness of the importance of suicide prevention. According to the TSPN, suicide is the ninth leading cause of all deaths in Tennessee, the second leading cause of death among youth ages of 10 to 14 as well as young adults ages 25-34, and the third leading cause for children ages 15-24. According to the most recent statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health, 1,220 Tennesseans died by suicide in 2019, and six of those deaths were in Chester County. Individuals considering suicide can call the Tennessee crisis hotline at 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). The Crisis Text Line is also available for those experiencing suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues, including stress related to COVID-19. To connect, text TN to 741741.
December 3, 2023