TENNESSEE: Clarksville First Tennessee City to Train Its Entire Workforce on Suicide Prevention
June 21, 2019
Clarksville, Tennessee, has trained its employees in suicide prevention. Between November and April, all city staff received a one-hour training in how to recognize and respond to those at risk for suicide. The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) led the effort, which will expand to county employees in June. “As a community, what we can do to prevent suicide is to provide education,” said TSPN Zero Suicide Director Misty Leitsch. “The more people who can recognize the warning signs, the more who can intervene.” Clarksville also has a suicide prevention task force that has identified key priorities, such as spreading prevention messaging, establishing a suicide death review board, and launching a strategic prevention plan.