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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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.

12 New QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructors

Congratulation Class of May 16, 2019!

Twelve more QPR Gatekeeper Instructors graduated on May 16, 2019.  We want to thank Vet to Vet Tennessee’s sponsor, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee, for providing the financial support to provide these 12 graduates with free scholarships to attend this class. We are thank Pastor Aaron McCarter, Maryville Vineyard Church, for hosting the event.

We thank the graduates for their time, effort and dedication and pray they will have the strength and courage to “Ask the Question.”

Graduates listed from left to right:

Jason Goodman – Lifeline – Metro Drug Coalition Howard Bowlin – Spiritual Liaison and Veterans Program – Cornerstone of Recovery Ed Junod – QPR Master Instructor – Vet to Vet Tennessee Cindy Winterberger – Clinic Social Worker – Covenant Homehealth/Hospice Lori Jordan – Resource Coordinator – Covenant Health/Hope Center Angela Obear – Counselor – Pellissippi State Community College CJ Counts – Senior Pastor – Grace of the Lord Church, Aurora Colorado Kirk Schlabaugh – Youth Sponsor – Maryville Vineyard Church Sam McGhee – Youth Pastor – Maryville Vineyard Church Robert Brooks – Veterans Court Mentor – Vet to Vet Tennessee Michael Watkins – Lieutenant – Loudon County Sheriff Office Sheila McGinty – Student – University of Tennessee Steve Davis – Soundperson – Community Baptist Church

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Service and Sacrifice: Suicide Warning Signs

Emily Hager, A Navy veteran in East Tennessee who lost her military husband to suicide is sharing their story in an effort to help families facing similar struggles. Emily is the Co-Chairwomen of the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council, Chairwoman of Women Veterans Committee, Women Veteran Advocate for Vet to Vet Tennessee, Doctoral Candidate, University of Tennessee Knoxville and a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor.

A happy beginning with her Navy husband turned tragic for Emily.

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Sign up for the next QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor Class

The next Vet to Vet Tennessee QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor class is scheduled for May 16, 2019 at the Maryville Vineyard Church, 713 William Blount Dr, Maryville, TN 37801 from 0800 to 1600. The class is almost full. If you are interested in becoming a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor please enroll online by clicking this link:

Vet to Vet Tennessee will provide you with a $500.00 scholarship to cover the cost. Continental breakfast and a Panera Bread lunch will be provided. The class enrollment will end soon so sign up as soon as you can. You will be notified if your scholarship has been approved. Any questions please feel free to call Ed Junod at 865-336-2624. Be blest and happy.

New QPR Training for Youth Guidelines

Training youth in QPR is a challenging but necessary task to help prevent youth suicide. In order to ensure safety, training youth is approved based on expert advice, youth input, and institutional experience. On March 2019 the QPR Institute released its new policies and procedures for QPR training for youth. Click here to view the guidelines.