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Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is a statewide organization working tirelessly to eliminate the stigma of suicide. Implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention as defined by the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, our efforts date back twenty years.

Staff and volunteers are often counselors, mental health professionals, physicians, clergy, journalists, social workers, law enforcement personnel as well as survivors of suicide and suicide attempts. Suicide does not discriminate against age, race, means or profession, and we would like our volunteers to be just as diverse in background as the people we strive to reach. Anyone with a passion or even a slight interest in helping those in need should feel free to sign up to be a volunteer or attend a regional meeting.

Through education efforts and events, our goal is to expose as many people as we can to the facts and numbers of suicide – and to debunk the myths. We offer different trainings specialized for business, schools and organizations alike to detect warning and risk factors of suicide. These are FREE sessions and you have the autonomy to choose which one you think will best suit your audience.

Veteran/Military Resources

Blue Star Families has developed a series of PSAs for active-duty military personnel and their families. View the entire series on BSF’s YouTube channel.

In recent years, veteran mental health issues have come to the forefront of the public consciousness, and with them the problem of veteran suicide. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is working with Veteran’s Administration across the state to address suicide prevention among veterans and other members of the military community.
Current and former members of the United States military and their loved ones can visit Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK, Veterans Press 1 For immediate crisis services, The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors.

To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. Staff members are specially trained to take calls from military veterans and its staffed 24 hours a day, everyday. While all operators are trained to help veterans, some are also former military personnel. All callers will be connected to most appropriate resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also has an extensive amount of resources on the website for veterans.

Visit for help and resources.

VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Pam Willis,
(423) 926-1171, extension 2837

Local Vet Center
Johnson City
1615A Market Street
(423) 928-8387 | (423) 928-6320

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