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"Saving Lives in Rural West Tennessee"

TSPN’s Rural West Region cordially invites you to “Saving Lives in Rural West Tennessee”, scheduled for 9 AM - 3 PM on Friday,September 5, at the Jackson-Madison County Health Department, located at 804 North Parkway, ZIP 38305.

In observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Tennessee, our Rural West Region is spotlighting several emerging developments in the suicide prevention field, with segments on regional suicide trends, the Zero Suicide Initiative, the lived experience movement, cyberbullying, and new suicide prevention curricula and screening mechanisms. It will also feature a luncheon and continental breakfast. 

Five contact hours are available for participants. The full schedule is available on the conference brochure and the Eventbrite portal (

We are also seeking sponsors for this event; more information is available on the event sponsorship form

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for education, awareness, and enlightenment regarding suicide prevention in your community.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Suicide and Trauma, September 16

Hope Church in Cordova is hosting “Suicide and Trauma” on TSPN’s behalf on September 16.

This free event will help healthcare providers, mental health workers, and the general public respond to the problem of suicide and emotional trauma in their communities. It is also intended as an observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the state of Tennessee.


I’m sure many who have been struggling with things such as depression and anxiety would know to any type of extent as to how this statement can be held true. Some can put a smile on their face no matter how much they are hurting inside and nobody would think to question them if they’re okay. Other people cannot do that, we don’t put on a smile and even when asked as to how things are going, we don’t really know what to say or question as to whether if we are okay and slide every bit of detail that could prevent us from feeling good. Even if we do then we’re often taken very lightly, which is why we hesitate to say anything. Then there’s people that reach to the point that they can’t even get themselves out of bed or face the world outside of their home and chances are nobody will ask because they may not even know we exist. We struggle even within the most simplest tasks that someone who has never experienced depression or anxiety can do and that can even include waking up in the morning and going to school or work, or even taking a walk at the park. That’s not how our reality is, at least not anymore. You can’t always see our scars physically, but mentally they are there. You can’t see our hurts or understand the irrational fears because they don’t exist to you - but they do to us. With all the misconceptions and telling us to “get over it” and that “it can always be worse” does not help to know as to what extent we really can go within our clouded and adapted reality and to some like myself at one point, even deny it as well. Just because you don’t see the battles that we have to fight for in order to do the simplest of things does not mean that we aren’t fighting anything.

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