On August 30th, Mayor Hutto met with Mrs. Brenda Harper with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network to discuss the importance of suicide prevention. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is a grassroots collaboration of Tennesseans and organizations working to eliminate the stigma of suicide, educate the community about the warning signs of suicide, and ultimately reduce the rate of suicide in our state. After their meeting, the mayor signed a proclamation which declared the month of September as “Suicide Prevention Awareness Month” in Wilson County, Tennessee.
The proclamation acknowledged that suicide is one of the most disruptive and tragic events that a family and a community can experience, with more than 1,100 lives lost in Tennessee each year and an estimated 25 attempted suicides for each suicide death. Sadly, suicide is the ninth-leading cause of all deaths in Tennessee, with more than three lives a day are lost to suicide, which means we lose 21 Tennesseans each week and 97 people per month.
Tennessee is a national leader in the effort to prevent suicide, being one of the first states to develop a suicide prevention and evaluation plan covering the lifespan. In order to raise public awareness of this tragic problem and promote healing for the survivors of those who died by suicide, Remembrance Trees will be located throughout the county. Those who have lost loved ones to suicide may tie a ribbon on designated remembrance trees in memory of that person. The trees will be identified with a sign and a description of where to find the ribbons, which will be provided. Once such tree will be designated at the Wilson County Courthouse. Ribbons and markers for writing the loved ones’ names or a message will be available inside. Citizens and visitors alike are welcome to stop by and tie a ribbon to the tree in memory of their loved one(s). Remembrance Trees will also be located at Lebanon City Hall, the Watertown square, Cumberland University, and off of Mt. Juliet Road.
If you or someone you know are in need of help, you are not alone. Call or text 9-8-8 for assistance. There is hope.