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September declared Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
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County Mayor Tim Stribling and Smithville Mayor Jimmy Poss sign proclamations declaring September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Shown with the mayors are Jodi Bartlett and Mark Allison of Volunteer Behavioral Health in Cookeville.
The Tennesse Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is hosting events across the state as part of this year’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month observance. The organization is also collecting Suicide Prevention Awareness Month proclamations from city and county mayors across the state, to be presented at a Suicide Prevention Awareness Day event on Sept. 10 in Nashville. According to the TSPN website, suicide in DeKalb County declined between 2008 and 2012.