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Suicide and the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic

 

Becky Stoll, LCSW

Nashville, TN – September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time for mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors and community members to come together and raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and the national suicide rate has increased by 35 percent since 1999. Although we will not have death by suicide data for 2020 for some time, events taking place this year, most notably the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, have without doubt had significant psychological and social effects.

Beck Stoll

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Marsha Blackburn Advocates for More Accessible Mental Health Care for Active Duty Service Members, Families

 

U.S. SenateNashville, TN – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) marked the start of National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month by urging Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to address barriers to mental health care for active duty service members and their families.

“There is a human cost to service that is not always evident by losses on the battlefield,” said Senator Blackburn. “Our nation has an obligation to deliver the best possible mental health support to our service members during their service – before they are discharged to communities or stand at the end of the long line of veterans who restart their quest for care from the Department of Veterans Affairs… The DoD must take ownership to improve mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing for the future of the military enterprise.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Fort Campbell to host “Light up the Night” Candlelit Walk, Vigil, September 10th

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH), Fort Campbell Army Community Service and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation will host “Light up the Night”, a candlelight walk and vigil, September 10th at 7:30pm in the hospital’s parking lot, between the A and E buildings.

The event is hosted in conjunction with the Army’s observance of National Suicide Prevention Month.

“We encourage everyone within the community to come out and support the walk,” said 1st Lt. Anthony Priest, BACH social work intern who organized this year’s event. “We will have an array of support at the event if anyone needs to talk or seek help.”

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell, KY. (U.S. Army photo by Fred Holly)

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell, KY. (U.S. Army photo by Fred Holly)

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President Donald Trump welcomes ‘Walking Marine’ to the White House

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – For six years, Terry Sharpe—or the “Walking Marine,” as he’s known—has completed seven 300-mile walks to raise awareness for veteran suicide.
 
Today, 69-year-old Sharpe completed his eighth and final walk, arriving in Washington all the way from Summerfield, North Carolina. He was joined by Second Lady Karen Pence at the Washington Monument, and the pair crossed the finish line on the South Lawn of the White House, where Sharpe was greeted by President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, and Second Lady Karen Pence with U.S. Marine Terry Sharpe, the “Walking Marine”. (White House)

President Donald Trump, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, and Second Lady Karen Pence with U.S. Marine Terry Sharpe, the “Walking Marine”. (White House)

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President Donald Trump unveils roadmap to stop Veteran Suicide

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – More than 6,000 veterans die by suicide each year, taking their own lives at a rate one-and-a-half times that of other Americans. Female veterans are at an even higher risk, with a suicide rate of more than twice that of other Americans.
 
From 2005 to 2016, the veteran suicide rate rose by an alarming 26 percent. In the past, these heroes were too often overlooked by our leaders, who sent our troops to fight in foreign lands without taking care of them once they returned home.

President Donald Trump announces the PREVENTS Task Force Roadmap. (White House)

President Donald Trump announces the PREVENTS Task Force Roadmap. (White House)

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Marsha Blackburn, Colleagues Urge Esper to Address Mental Health of Service Members During Social Distancing

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) urged Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to address the mental health of service members during social distancing.

“We write today to encourage you to also reflect on the unintended consequences that social distancing measures of isolation and quarantine may have on our service members’ mental, spiritual, and emotional health,” the Senators write.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Information to flow at #BeThere Clarksville suicide prevention event

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – A large and diverse group of veterans-support organizations and veterans-oriented businesses will participate in #BeThere Clarksville, a local suicide prevention, summit next week.

#BeThere Clarksville, A Life-Saving Summit for Service Members, Veterans, Families and Our Community, will be from 9:00am to 2:00pm on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.

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Suicide Prevention Summit set for October 3rd

 

New Alliance will present #BeThere Clarksville event

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – On Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, Community members and care givers from all walks of life — especially service members, veterans and their families — are invited to a suicide prevention summit from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.

Several members of the Clarksville Suicide Prevention Coalition -- Kara Merriam, Centerstone; Misty Leitsch, TSPN; Carrie Brensike, TN Valley VA; and Joey Smith, County Health Director -- work to plan #BeThere Clarksville, a suicide prevention summit from 9:00am to 2:00pm October 3rd at the Wilma Rudolph Events Center.

Several members of the Clarksville Suicide Prevention Coalition — Kara Merriam, Centerstone; Misty Leitsch, TSPN; Carrie Brensike, TN Valley VA; and Joey Smith, County Health Director — work to plan #BeThere Clarksville, a suicide prevention summit from 9:00am to 2:00pm October 3rd at the Wilma Rudolph Events Center.

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APSU Board of Trustees move Austin Peay State University closer to offering second doctoral degree

 

Austin Peay State University (APSU)

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN –  On Friday morning, Austin Peay State University (APSU) moved a step closer to offering its second doctoral degree, with the aim of addressing a mental health crisis currently affecting many military communities.

During its spring meeting, the APSU Board of Trustees approved moving forward with a Doctor of Psychology degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in serving military personnel, veterans and their families.

APSU Board of Trustees

APSU Board of Trustees

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan to hold Suicide Prevention event, September 10th

 

Scout will dedicate memorial garden at Valleybrook Park

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network invite the public and allies in the public health, mental health, and social service fields to join in Clarksville’s Suicide Prevention Awareness event at 9:30am Monday, September 10th, 2018 at Valleybrook Park.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

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