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Tennessee Won't Be Silent

Will You?

Tennessee Won't Be Silent is our push to reach a majority of citizens in Tennessee with the positive message that suicide is preventable and enabling those citizens to reach out for help for their loved ones and friends. Ultimately, as more people reach out for help, and more resources are available, we should begin to see a reduction in the rates of suicide in Tennessee.

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#TNWONTBESILENT IS THE JASON FOUNDATION'S CHALLENGE TO EVERYONE TO RAISE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE "SILENT EPIDEMIC" OF SUICIDE.

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IN OUR GREAT STATE OF TENNESSEE

- Each day, we lose 3 individuals to suicide

- In 2017, we lost 127 more lives to suicide than motor vehicle accidents

- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-18

- Across ages 10-65, suicide is the 5th leading cause of death

- 16.5% of Tennessee High School Youth said that they had "seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months"

Collaborative Partners

The success of #TNWontBeSilent hinges upon the efforts of collaborative partners across Tennessee. As the lead agency, The Jason Foundation will work to assemble collaborative partners from business, government, community and non-profits who will lend their talents and passion in an array of programs and projects focused on building awareness and providing information, tools and resources to better be able to identify and/or assist an individual who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts. The following is a sample of our Collaborative Partners who are helping launch #TNWontBeSilent.

The following is a sample of the many wonderful Collaborative Partners who have agreed to be part of our #TNWontBeSilent initiative. If you would like to sign up and be a part of this cause, email us at TNWBS@jasonfoundation.com.

- Acadia Healthcare
- HCA Healthcare
- Signature Healthcare Services
- Strategic Behavioral Health
- Springstone
- Perimeter Healthcare
- Creekside Behavioral

- Crestwyn Behavioral Health
- Delta Medical Center
- American Home Design
- Erlanger Behavioral Health
- Mirror Lake Recovery Center
- Parkridge Valley Hospital
- Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Jackson 

- Skyline Madison Campus
- TrustPoint Hospital
- Village Behavioral Health
- Stones River Group
- Hullco
- First Horizon

- The Jason Foundation, Inc.

- Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

- NAMI Tennessee

- Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI)
- Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative

- Tennessee Governor's Office
- Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slattery III

- Coach Phillip Fulmer
- Merrol Hyde Magnet School
- Hendersonville High School

- Charlie Daniels
- Gatlinburg Pittman School District
- Pope John Paul II High School

- Bailey James
- Sandy Webster

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Who Can Be Involved?

Any business, organization, or individual can help generate awareness of this terrible tragedy.  We have compiled a list of actionable items that can be conducted in many different areas of your life.  See below for ideas on how  you can help raise the conversation of suicide.  

- Hang Posters within your workplace
- Have customers sign “TNWONTBESILENT and neither will I, to hang on windows
- Place a button or hyperlink on your website that directs your users to this website.  Email contact@jasonfoundation.com if you have questions on how to do this.  

- Hang Posters within the schools.  Always make sure to receive approval before hanging posters.
- Have students sign “TNWONTBESILENT and neither will I" to hang on windows 
- Place a button or hyperlink on your website that directs your users to this website. Email contact@jasonfoundation.com if you have questions on how to do this.  

- Hang Posters within your church or building
- Host a B1 night for students
- Invite adult member of your community and stream our Parent & Community Seminar
- Distribute Project Hug Cards after a viewing of the Parent & Community Seminar 

- Hang Posters within your office
- Pass/Sign a Resolution declaring suicide a crisis within the state, while acknowledging that it is PREVNTABLE

- PA Announcer Scripts – Having your PA Announcer read public service announcements is an easy way to inform attendees about The Jason Foundation, suicide prevention, and resources available to them. These can be read before, after, or during the game.
Hang Signs and Flyers – Signs, flyers, and banners are available for your use. These can be displayed within your school, around the gym or playing field, and near concessions stands.
- Informational Booths – Display booths can be set up before your games for attendees to obtain information.
- Collaborate with Opposing Team for Themed Night – While this may be the most demanding and time consuming of our suggestions, collaborating with an opposing team during a game has the potential for a significant impact within your school and community. An entire week or night can be devoted to suicide prevention, centered on a theme such as #TNWontBeSilent. 

- Talk openly about the "silent epidemic" of youth suicide
- Educate yourself on the warning signs associated with suicidal thoughts and actions
- Practice Project Hug
- Host an awareness dinner in your home with other families

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Poster

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Rack Card

This flyer will provide some more detailed information that is not included on the TN Won't Be Silent Posters. 

LEARN THE WARNING SIGNS

MANY TIMES A PERSON WILL EXHIBIT CLEAR WARNING SIGNS BEFORE AN ATTEMPT.


You may be the first and last person to see these signs in someone.
Would you know how to respond if you recognized your friend may be thinking about suicide?
Download our FREE "A Friend Asks" App now by clicking HERE. It is available for both Android and Apple phones.
“A Friend Asks” is a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone; you could help save a life!
If you are experiencing a crisis, call 911 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Almost everyone who attempts or completes suicide has given warning signs through their words or behaviors. Do not ignore any suicide threats. The following statements may indicate serious suicidal feelings.

  • "I’d be better off dead."
  • "I won’t be bothering you much longer."
  • "You’ll be better off without me around."
  • "I hate my life."
  • "I am going to kill myself."
  • Suicide threats are not always verbal.

Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide attempts. Mental or addictive disorders are associated with 90% of suicide. One in ten youth suffer from mental illness serious enough to be impaired, yet fewer than 20% receive treatment. Depression can be exhibited in many ways including the following which are detailed in more depth:


  • Sudden, abrupt changes in personality
  • Expressions of hopelessness and despair
  • Declining grades and school performance
  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Increased irritability and aggressiveness
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and relationships
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits

Youth who have attempted suicide are at risk to do it again. In fact, they are eight times more likely than youth who have never attempted suicide to make another suicide attempt.

  • One out of three suicide deaths is not the individual’s first attempt.
  • The risk for completing suicide is more than 100 times greater during the first year after an attempt.
  • Take any instance of deliberate self-harm seriously.

Recent research has identified a connection between interpersonal violence and suicide. Suicide is associated with fighting for both males and females, across all ethnic groups, and for youth living in urban, suburban, and rural areas. You should be concerned if a friend is exhibiting unusually irritable behavior.  

You should be concerned if a friend suddenly starts to lose interest in sports or hobbies that they used to enjoy participating in.  

  • The captain of the football team no longer wants to be on the team.
  • A dancer decides to leave the team because she does like it anymore.
  • Your music loving friend decides to quit the band.

  • A friend of yours that typically eats more than anyone you know barely eats or skips lunch.
  • Someone eating noticeably more without adding any additional exercise to their daily routine.

Almost everyone who attempts or completes suicide has given warning signs through their words or behaviors. Do not ignore any suicide threats. The following statements may indicate serious suicidal feelings.

  • A model student suddenly failing classes or not turning in assignments.
  • Lack of concern for school, classes, and grades.
  • Grades dropping suddenly

This can be seen throughout their:

  • Essays and writings about death
  • Poems about death
  • Artwork or drawings depicting death
  • Social media posts and comments
  • Talking a lot about death or dying

  • He/She is not dressing as they typically would.
  • Lack of personal hygiene.

Once the decision has been made to end their life, some young people begin making final arrangements.

  • Giving away prized or favorite possessions
  • Putting their affairs in order
  • Saying good-bye to family and friends
  • Making funeral arrangements

Resources for Help

There are many wonderful resources available for help should you or someone you love need them.  

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource that is available 24 hours
a day 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.

The Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line, 855-274-7471, is free and operated by caring, trained mental health professionals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Confidential help from anywhere in Tennessee is only a phone call away.

If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or visit your closest emergency room.  

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The Jason Foundation, Inc.

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

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