Earlier this month, Gov. Bill Lee signed a resolution declaring youth suicide a crisis within the state. The Tennessee Department of Health has recorded 508 suicide deaths for youth ages 10 - 19 since 2009. Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for this age group within the Volunteer State. As the resolution states, “no single suicide prevention effort is sufficient or appropriate,” but there are resources for help.
If you or someone you love is struggling with depression and/or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.
Another excellent resource is The Jason Foundation, Inc. The Jason Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in youth suicide prevention and awareness. They have been providing programs and resources to help identify and assist young people who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide for over 20 years. Since their inception, they have never charged any school, church, youth organization or community for any of their programs or materials. Many times, a young person will exhibit clear warning signs prior to a suicide attempt. By knowing the warning signs associated with suicide and knowing how to help, you could save a life. Visit their website for more information on suicide and how you can make a difference. www.jasonfoundation.com