This week, Bill Fondren speaks with Mary Anne Christian, the South Central regional director of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. Mary Anne explains the importance of opening the conversation about suicide.
Starting over 20 years ago, TSPN’s mission is to reduce the stigma around suicide and lower suicide rate numbers. Mary Anne says, “Having the conversation is so important… The more we talk about it, the more we’re reducing that stigma.”
TSPN provides classes and trainings to help others recognize the warning signs of those who could be struggling with suicidal thoughts. This way, there’s a connection between anybody going through a mental health crisis to the help that they deserve.
September is known as National Suicide Prevention Month, which means that TSPN has some important events and volunteer opportunities coming up. September 25th & 26th is the TSPN’s state-wide suicide prevention conference- #UntilZero. This conference will feature presentations held by guest speakers, followed by breakout sessions. You can find more information here.
For anybody struggling with suicidal thoughts, those who are survivors of an attempt, or anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide, TSPN wants you to know that you are not alone. There are resources readily available through their website.
Visit TSPN.org for more information, ways to get involved, and donation opportunities.
Learn more about the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network by listening below: