TN Governor Bill Lee Recognizes teen suicide as a state health crisis

On February 3, 2020 TN Governor Bill Lee signed HJR 0001 “Statement of Intent or Position – Recognizes teen suicide as a health crisis in Tennessee.”  This bill was originally introduced on November 7, 2018.  In which time the rate of TN suicides surpassed the national rate according to YRBSS definitely qualifying youth suicide as a crisis.

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1st QPR Gatekeeper Instructors sponsored by VTVT 2020

The first QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Instructor class for the New Year was hosted by Director of Monroe County TN Schools Dr. DeAnna McClendon on January 6, 2020 in Madisonville TN. The class was sponsored and conducted by Vet to Vet Tennessee. The 11 graduates included 10 Monroe County School Counselors and the Suicide Prevention Committee Chair of Anderson County Schools of their Advancing Wellness And Resilience Education (AWARE) program. 

Assisting during the class was VTVT QPR Gatekeeper Instructors Dr. Emily Hager, Sheryn and Don Davis and QPR Institute Master Instructor Ed Junod. This is the first phase of VTVT’s three (3) Middle/High School QPR Suicide Prevention pilot program. VTVT is working directly with the QPR Institute’s Founder and CEO Dr. Paul Quinnett and Monroe County Schools Director of Federal Programs Lee Anne Strickland.

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New QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Program in Monroe County Schools

Vet to Vet Tennessee announced a new suicide prevention program to begin on January 6, 2020 in Monroe County Tennessee Schools.  As a result of our Trinity Health Foundation Phase II grant and the “Worth It” project, VTVT has now developed a QPR Suicide Prevention Program in two categories:

Veteran/Military Friendly Lead Congregations and Middle/High Schools.    Dr. Emily Hager, Ed Junod and Professor Paul Quinnett are working on a written format for our Worth It program and should have it completed in January 2020..

The school category was just created on December 4th after members of VTVT meet with the Director of Monroe County Schools Dr. DeAnna McClendon; 13 middle/high schools and one alternative school..  The school program we created has three phases:

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New QPR Gatekeeper Instructors sponsored by VTVT

On December 17, 2019 Vet to Vet Tennessee conducted its 6th QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Instructor class. The class was hosted by Veteran/Military Friendly Lead Congregation Concord United Methodist Church. The nine (9) graduates included nurses from Covenant Health, counselors from Pellissippi State Community College and a Fire Chief from Lenoir City.

Assisting during the class was VTVT QPR Gatekeeper Instructors Sheryn and Don Davis. The majority of the students were referrals from Eastern TN TSPN Regional Director Sarah Walsh. This brings the total QPR Gatekeeper Instructors trained and funded by VTVT to 76. We are grateful to Concord UMC Pastor Larry Trotter for his support. Next QPR Gatekeeper Instructor class is scheduled for January 6, 2020 at the Monroe County School District.

‘Worth It’ reminds veterans they’re not alone

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – “They protect us, and we need to do more to protect them; that’s the idea behind a local play to help veterans,” Said Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs

“There’s some real issues with our veterans across the country,” said Jacobs, “Not only is the suicide rate high among veterans but it’s also high among teenagers who are planning to go into the military, so you’ve got a double whammy there,” Jacobs added.

Preventing veteran suicides is Tonya Stoutt-Brown’s goal when she wrote the play, ‘Worth It.’

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Next QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor Class December 17, 2019

Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) announced today that the new Gatekeeper Instructor class will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934. Class is from 9am to 3pm. Please arrive at 8:30 am for registration.

VTVT has a few $500.00 scholarships available for the upcoming class. If you want to learn more about the class or scholarship please click here. TSPN’s East Tennessee Regional Director Sarah Walsh coordinated the class with VTVT. If you have already discussed this class with Sarah please enroll now by clicking here. Please help us save lives!

You’re Worth It

Please join us for a funny, moving and thought provoking look at life, with a focus on suicide prevention. Our goal – to help people of all walks of life know that life is worth fighting for! . Learn about suicide prevention in a relaxed atmosphere with actors who will make you laugh while you learn. Take it to heart, because someone in your life needs to hear the message, “You’re worth it.”

November 10, 2019 production will be held at Faith Promise Church North Knox Campus, 5830 Haynes-Sterchi Road, Knoxville Tennessee 37912.  Here is the Worth It Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/events/514411365992064/

VTVT joined by Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs for Suicide Prevention Awareness Day event

As part of this observance, VTVT was joined by Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, Pastor Larry Trotter as well as mental health advocates, suicide survivors, and those with lived experience at Concord United Methodist Church on September 10th. Click here to view photos of the event.

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New QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor Class September 14, 2019

Vet to Vet Tennessee announced today that the new Gatekeeper Instructor class will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Tellico Plains Community Center, 132 Bank Street, Tellico Plains, Tennessee 37385 during V13ION’s STRSS = September Tellico Rooster Scooter Scramble. Non-rides are welcomed. Class is from 9am to 3pm. Please arrive at 8:30 am for registration.

VTVT has 10-$500.00 scholarships available for the upcoming class. If you want to learn more about the class or scholarship interested please click here. Many potential instructors were not able to attend previous QPR classes because they were held during the workweek. This is our first weekend class. Please help us save lives!