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February 2018 Edition
T ennessee Partners with Partners with Middle TN Time and Temperature
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) has partnered with the Middle Tennessee Time and Temperature number, 615-259-2222, running a Public Service Announcement (PSA) in conjunction with this community wide tool. When calling this number, along with the time, temperature, and weather information, callers are greeted with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273- TALK (8255), with other tools for suicide prevention and awareness in Tennessee such as the TSPN website, This collaboration has reached the one-month mark, already touching more than 6,300 individuals with suicide prevention resources. When working towards suicide prevention in Tennessee, new relationships are crucial to reach those who may be in crisis or are having thoughts of suicide. Through the generosity of this collaboration, more Tennesseans will be provided lifesaving resources in a manner never previously explored here in Tennessee.
Read the entire PSA promoting this collaboration on our website as well as other PSAs and resources for the media:

"Suicide: The Ripple Effect"  Look for a screening in your area!
Suicide The Ripple Effect - Teaser Trailer
Suicide The Ripple Effect - Teaser Trailer

"Suicide: The Ripple Effect" is a feature length documentary film and MOVEMENT, currently in production, focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal & stay alive. The film highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today Kevin is a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe spreading a message of hope, recovery and wellness. 
The film chronicles Kevin's personal journey and the ripple effect it has on those who have been impacted by his suicide attempt and his life's work since. In addition, the film highlights the stories of individuals and families who are utilizing their personal tragedy to bring hope and healing to others.

Contact your Regional Coordinator for screening opportunities in your area!

2018 Symposium, Hearts and Minds: Making the Connection

TSPN would like to thank all of our sponsors for the upcoming 2018 Symposium, we could not do it without you! 
If you have not registered for the Symposium please do so at the link, as CEU information has just been confirmed:  REGISTER HERE

New Data on the Costs of Youth Suicide

The Children's Safety Network (CSN) has released new figures on the costs of childhood injuries anddeaths, including those associated with suicide and self-harm.
CSN estimates that in 2015, the total medical costs of suicide deaths for children age 10-19 amounted to $15.9 million. Only homicides cost the nation more. These costs include autopsies, medical examiner investigations, emergency transport, and expenses to the treatment location where the child ultimately died.
Self-harm injuries accounted for $456 million in hospitalization costs and $101.9 million in emergency department visits that year--these figures include the costs for admissions, emergency transport, follow-up and long-term care, and insurance payouts. All estimates are based on death and injury figures calculated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2011 and 2015, suicide death rates for children aged 10-19 rose by 20.5%, even as rates for other causes of injury fell (for example, teen motor vehicle deaths were down by 31.6% and fire deaths by 17.9%). The rate of self-harm hospitalizations went up by 30.1% and the rate of ED visits increased by 12.5%.
A comprehensive report on the costs of leading childhood injuries and deaths, including suicide and self-harm, is available on the CSN website ( alongside infographics for deaths, hospitalizations, and ED visits.
CSN works with state and local health and injury prevention programs to promote child and adolescent health through the collection of timely data and recommendation of strategies to prevent injuries and deaths among youth. It offers an archive of state-specific information, with reports going back several years. The Tennessee fact sheets are available at