Local and state agencies observing September as National Suicide Prevention Month

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - This month is Natation Suicide Prevention Month, where organizations across the states put an extra emphasis on erasing the stigma around suicide.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in America.

The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department wants the public to know that suicide prevention is not something we should only focus on in September and encourages sufferers to speak out.

“This topic affects so many people, not just here in Madison County, but worldwide. It is something we need to bring attention to because people suffer alone on a daily and they don’t have to,” said Amanda Johnson, one of the Public Health Educators at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Dept.

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is a statewide organization connecting Tennesseans to suicide prevention training, events, and resources.

The network talks about how frequent suicide occurs in the state.

“In 2019, 1,220n people died in our state. We know that suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in the state of Tennessee. It is the tenth leading cause of death nationally, so we see that Tennessee does have a higher-than-average suicide rate,” said Lindsey Carr, the Southwest Tennessee Regional Director with Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.

The counseling services at Union University in Jackson say they have seen an uptick in students reaching out for help since the pandemic.

The director of the department encourages anyone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide to seek help.

“The main thing is to talk about it. To talk to someone you trust, that could be a physician, it could be someone on campus, a faculty member, or a staff member. A pastor, or a friend, but talk to somebody who can help,” said

Tamarin Huelin, the Director for Counseling Services at the Union University.

All three mental health professionals want to urge the community to educate themselves on suicide prevention because your knowledge on the topic could save someone’s life and help erase the stigma around suicide.

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