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.

Abstract submitted to the VA/DoD Veterans Suicide Prevention Conference

We are proud to announce that Vet to Vet Tennessee submitted an abstract to the VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference organizers on Friday, March 29, 2019.  We are so proud of our partners who have supported our Veteran Specific QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training for the years it took to be able to submit an abstract about Veteran Suicide Prevention.

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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.

President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2019 President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide VA will co-chair task force focused on a holistic, public health approach to suicide prevention and engagement with Veterans’ local communities WASHINGTON — Today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled “National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide,” which focuses on improving the quality of life for America’s Veterans and ending the tragedy of Veteran suicide. Click here to view today’s announcement.

Carpet Theatre Leadership Trained in Suicide Prevention

Thanks to the continued support, service and sacrifice of Vietnam Veteran and Carpetbag Theatre Consultant Umoja Abdul Ahad, the executive staff of Carpterbag was trained by Vet to Vet Tennessee in QPR Suicide Prevention. Ed Junod, President of VTVT and QPR Master Instructor trained the team. Not only was the team trained but we learned that a member of the lead team would be enrolling in the upcoming March 14, 2019 VTVT’s Gatekeeper Instructor class and enrolled as the newest member of the Veteran/Military Friendly program.

From left to right: Consultant Umoja Abdul Ahad, Partner Larisha McKinney, Executive/Artistic Director Linda Parris-Bailey, Stage Manager La-Tasha Smith-Bryant, Youth Coordinator Kisha Rockett, Managing Director Jonathan Clark and kneeling is Digital Storytelling Director Joe Tolbert.

QPR Instructor Class scheduled for 3-14-19

Help Save a Life! Stop Veteran Suicide Become a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor

A Gatekeeper Instructor will be able to recognize and intervene in the event of suicidal contemplation as a gatekeeper would do but will also retain knowledge circumventing the scope of suicide, research and history relating to suicide prevention and the skills necessary to train individuals and groups as gatekeepers. Gatekeeper instructors should be in optimal positions to teach small and large groups as gatekeepers on a continuum (QPR Institute).

Next class is forming now

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VTVT Trains Numerous Motorcycle Organizations in Suicide Prevention. Endorsed by the Toombs family.

We are honored and grateful to report that VTVT had one of the most interactive and successful QPR Gatekeeper training ever thanks to our Host Theresa Botts from Spartan Alliance on Saturday February 2, 2019 at the Powell Community Center.

Veterans from the Powell community, Rolling Thunder Chapter 3, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and special surprised guest David and Susan Toombs. Susan and David are the surviving parents of Army Veteran John Toombs who committed suicide in November 2016.

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Almost 100 William Blount High School Staff Trained

Thanks to Lenville Sweet, Vet to Vet Tennessee presented QPR Suicide Prevention to the staff at William Blount High School, Maryville Tennessee during their in-service training on January 22, 2019.  Almost 100 attended!  We were advised by Assistant Principal Lisa Collins that almost 100% of the staff have been trained in suicide prevention at least twice but only one or two had QPR Gatekeeper training.  Tough audience knowing they have had previous training. 

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