‘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!

Open Student Auditions for “Worth It”

Here’s a chance to use your creative talents for a cause that could literally save lives! Join us for “Worth It” auditions! The show is set in a high school, so actors should be able to portray high school students ages 15 – 19.

We are looking for talented high school students to appear in a faith-based comedy/drama to get the word out that life is worth living! The performance will be Sunday night, Nov. 10 in Knoxville, TN, with final rehearsal on Nov. 9. See posts below and visit https://bit.ly/2ZXLAUF for more information!

Suicide is the 2nd cause of death amongst the youth in America. It is time we did something about it! If you would like to know more about the purpose of the play please leave us a message below or call us at 865-336-2624.

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New QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Class scheduled July 24, 2019 in Knoxville TN

Vet to Vet Tennessee (VTVT) announced enrollment for the July 24, 2019 QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor Class is now open for registration.

The July 24th class will be hosted by the Helen Ross McNabb Military Services Center, 3712 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921 from 0800 to 1500.

VTVT is providing 15 Free $500.00 scholarships for this class.

To review the scholarship requirements and/or to enroll in the July 24th class please click here. At the end of the 8 hour class you will able to save a life! Enroll now.

Studies: Shame worsens outcomes for Vets with PTSD

In the Veteran community, PTSD is often associated with combat trauma. Witnessing a horrific  event like a deadly roadside bombing or the killing of a child can take an emotional toll on someone, causing that person to relive the event and feel angry, depressed, or distant.

Does shame—in which a person feels responsible for what happened and views himself or herself as a bad person—play a role in worsening the emotional and day-to-day struggles of someone with PTSD? Shame is a common symptom for those with PTSD.

Shame, one of the emotions associated with PTSD, may have an especially strong role in generating suicidal feelings, research suggests. VA researchers are exploring that question. To learn more about the studies please click here.