According to the Tennessee Department of Health, three Tennesseans lose their lives every day to suicide – the ninth leading cause of death in Tennessee.
As Suicide Prevention Awareness Month arrives in September, mental health experts are hoping to continue to shed more light on the rising suicide rates in Tennessee and the region.
We often call 911 when dealing with a health emergency, but policymakers are now considering creating a new, three-digit number to call during a mental health crisis.
In an effort to spread awareness to increased rates of suicide, the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network teamed with other advocacy groups like the Jason Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to launch a specialty license plate that promotes suicide prevention.
Frontier Health will be holding a course entitled “Question, Persuade and Refer,” which will teach attendees how to help save the lives of people suffering from suicidal depression.
Statewide, suicide is the leading cause of death for Tennesseans between ages 15 and 34.