Pledge to Prevent Suicide in Tennessee
  • Petitioned People of Tennessee

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People of Tennessee

Pledge to Prevent Suicide in Tennessee

    1. Scott Ridgway
    2. Petition by

      Scott Ridgway

      Nashville, TN

In any given year, there are at least 900 recorded suicide deaths in the state of Tennessee.  About 100 of these involve children, teens, and young adults (ages 10-24).  Additionally, suicides among people in midlife (ages 45-64) are increasing both nationally and locally.

Suicide is more than a personal tragedy, or even a family tragedy.  It is often the end result of unrecognized, undiagnosed, and undertreated mental illness.  As such it is one of the most preventable causes of death and therefore a major public health concern for the people of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is the statewide public-private organization responsible for implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention as defined by the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.  Our agency works across the state to eliminate the stigma of suicide and educate communities about the warning signs of suicide, with the ultimate intention of reducing suicide rates in the state of Tennessee.

As part of this year’s observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we have initiated the “Pledge to Prevent Suicide” to demonstrate a public need for and an interest in suicide prevention in our state.  The signatures for this petition will be presented at our Suicide Prevention Awareness Day event on September 12, 2012, at 10:30 AM at Trevecca Community Church, located at 335 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville.  They may also be presented to the General Assembly as a testament to public support of policies supporting suicide prevention and mental wellness.

We would appreciate your signing and sharing this petition, and your visiting our website ( to find out more about who we are and what we do.  You are especially welcome to make a donation to support our work on the statewide and local level (  Finally, we cordially invite you to our Suicide Prevention Awareness Day event in September; please RSVP to

PS: Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@TSPNorg).

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Susan Coats MUNFORD, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a school social worker in Tipton County. Threats of suicide and other self harm statements are a fact in schools.

    • Bonita Nolan WINCHESTER, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      We are losing entirely too may loved ones to suicide in our nation. We have always kept this issue in a "dark corner" and secret. It is time for everyone to start talking and getting educated on the signs of suicide ideation so we can all do our part in the prevention of suicide and save lives!

    • Emily Averitt EAST RIDGE, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a mental health professional - Talking about this subject openly and caringly can save lives. There is always hope, and I want to help people find theirs.

    • Bitha Miller COOKEVILLE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have personally dealt with extreme depression. I understand the pain, the hopelesness. I also know, there is a reprieve and we can help one another get to there...

    • Chandra Osborn NASHVILLE, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      My friend lost her cousin 2 days ago to suicide. Prevention is needed!


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