September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September 3, 2020
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is one of the most disruptive and tragic events a family and a community can experience, with more than 1,100 lives lost in Tennessee each year.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth ages 10 to 24, and the first leading cause for children 10-17. More veterans and military personnel die from suicide than combat.
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is a grassroots collaboration of Tennesseans and organizations working to eliminate the stigma of suicide, educate the community about the warning signs of suicide, and ultimately reduce the rate of suicide in the state.
"We encourage all Tennesseans to take the time to inquire as to the wellbeing of their family, friends, and to genuinely convey their appreciation for their existence by any gesture they deem appropriate. A simple phone call, message, handshake, or hug can go a long way towards helping someone realize that suicide is not the answer," the mayors stated.
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network South Central Regional Director Mary Anne Christian, Ed.S., is also pictured.