Mayor Proclaims September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
On September 3rd, Metro Moore County Mayor Bonnie Lewis signed a Proclamation for September being Suicide Awareness month. She was joined by representatives from the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN). This is a statewide organization working tirelessly to eliminate the stigma of suicide. Mayor Lewis feels strongly about these efforts. “You know last year, we felt like suicide was our pandemic. “, she said.
Sheriff Tyler Hatfield was also present. He said, “Death in general often hits us hard. Not necessarily the scene or how a death occurs as much as having to notify the family and help them understand what happened. Every time we do a notification, we leave a little piece of ourselves with that family. It’s something we will never forget. As first responders, we want to fix things and obviously, suicide is something we can’t fix.”
Jason Deal, Metro Moore County Public Safety Director, also commented about the impact suicide has on our small town. He said, “Mental Health Emergencies and responses to it, is and still is a pandemic in itself also. Covid has put a shadow over it. Its sickness needs awareness more than ever. Mental diseases not only affect the individual but their families just as much. It also plays a role on first responders. Especially in a small town where we all know and are related to one another somehow. I just want to reiterate that we are all here to help, we just need to know. We have people on staff that can respond and can get someone the help that is needed; sometimes it is family support and caregivers that need the support more than the individual suffering from a mental health condition. “
Look for the informational sign on the courthouse lawn. And please visit the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network website at www.tspn.org for information about warning signs, resources for professionals and survivors, dates of upcoming regional meetings, and new editions of the TSPN Call to Action, their monthly newsletter.