By BROOKE WANSER
The Home Page published a four-part series this week involving suicides at the Natchez Trace Bridge.
Williamson County has a few resources for those struggling with the suicide of a loved one, or wanting to become involved in suicide prevention.
Here are a few of those resources:
Suicide Survivor Support Group, Family and Children’s Services
Youth groups for high-school aged survivors of suicide meet in Brentwood on Thursdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Brentwood Family YMCA, 8207 Concord Road
For these free groups, participants must call Family and Children’s Services at 615-244-7444 to be screened before attending.
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network tracks data on suicide and mental illness within the state, as well as offering resources and hosting trainings and workshops.
At tspan.org/williamson-county, the network offers recommendations for licensed mental health practitioners in the county.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a national nonprofit focused on understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
They host several events in the Nashville area each year, and have many resources available online, over the phone, and in person.
Survivor Outreach Program
By completing a short online form, those who have been affected by suicide can have a volunteer, usually someone who has experienced suicide, reach out to talk. Learn more at afsp.org/SOP.
State Capitol Day, Nashville Legislative Plaza, Feb 21, 2018
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, volunteers will gather for Nashville’s 3rd annual State Capitol Day. Participants will spend a day at the capitol, talking with legislators about suicide prevention, sharing stories, and act as a resource to their own legislators. To register for the event, click here.
Suicide Prevention Walk
The AFSP will host a suicide prevention fundraiser at Nolensville High School on Sunday, April 22. Check back for more details on the event as they are released.
International Survivor of Suicide Loss, Nov. 17, 2018
This annual day of remembrance, always held on the third Saturday each November, this year on Nov. 17, 2018. Last year, the event was held at the Franklin Vineyard Church, though the location is yet to be decided for this year.