In Sumner and surrounding counties, there has been an increase in suicide rates. When we hear about it, it leaves us feeling stunned and bewildered. It seems unthinkable and we try to think of ways that we could have somehow prevented it. How could someone experience the loss of hope and the will to live? The Sumner County Health Committee wants you to know that it is possible to prepare ourselves to help others by becoming familiar with the signs of prevention and ways to assist that person in getting help.

Listen to the Rhonda’s story of how she helped her daughter. Rhonda attended a suicide prevention training in Gallatin provided by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN). At the training, she learned about the warning signs of someone who is at risk of attempting suicide and how to intervene. She was also provided a key chain with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and a list of what to do to help with someone who is suicidal. Rhonda had attended this training for information in case she needed to use it in her position with the school system. That evening Rhonda received a life changing call from her daughter who was attending college out of state. Her daughter called to let her know that she was severely depressed and did not want to continue living. Feeling helpless with her daughter out of state, Rhonda knew that she could not panic or let her emotions take control so that she could help her daughter. She was able to refer back to the resource information that she had obtained from the TSPN training. She called the National Suicide Prevention Line which enabled her to reach someone in her daughter’s community. Her daughter’s life was saved that night due to having suicide prevention resources easily accessible.

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For more information in suicide prevention, please contact the following resources:

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network www.tspn.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (24 hour hotline for anyone who is in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress)

Jason Foundation 1-888-881-2323 or 615-264-2323 or www.jasonfoundation.com

Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System (Cumberland Mental Health) crisis line 1-800-704-2651