Statistics from the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network show suicide has been on the rise in recent years. As of 2016, the latest year for state-specific statistics, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 19, with one person in this age group lost every week.
In total, there were about 1,100 suicide deaths throughout the state, with an average of three suicide deaths per day.
With this in mind, Frontier Health will present the “Question, Persuade and Refer” course, intended to teach participants how to help save the lives of people suffering from suicidal depression.
Throughout the course, attendees will learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis, and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.
“You’ll learn to recognize warning signs, offer hope and how to get help to save a life,” said Kristie Hammonds, senior vice president of operations. “People say certain things whenever they are depressed and suicidal that might warn somebody that they need help. Maybe they feel down and say they don’t feel like living or ‘everything is collapsing around me.’
“If we’re able to give the community more information on how to have that conversation and what to do, that could save a person’s life and help navigate them to help.”
The course will be held June 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Frontier Health’s corporate office, located at 1167 Spratlin Park Drive, Gray. Seating will be limited to the first 50 who register.
For more information on the event and how to register, visit www.frontierhealth.org or call 423-467-3600.