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TN Governor Aims to Lessen the number of Suicides
TN Governor Aims to Lessen the number of Suicides

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) applauds Gov. Bill Lee's leadership and immediate attention to funding urgent initiatives for mental health and suicide prevention efforts upon taking Office.

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Suicide Among the Local Veteran Population
Suicide Among the Local Veteran Population

The data from 2016, which was the most recently compiled information, showed that 30.1 per 100,000 veterans committed suicide compared to 17.4 per 100,000 non veterans committing suicide.

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Report Reveals More Suicides Among Tennessee Children
Report Reveals More Suicides Among Tennessee Children

"One suicide death is too many," says Scott Ridgway, executive director of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. The public-private partnership responsible for reporting findings cites an almost 55 percent increase in suicides among children ages 10 to 17 in the last three years.

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New Tennessee Law Creates Program to Identify Causes of Suicides and Work to Prevent Suicide
New Tennessee Law Creates Program to Identify Causes of Suicides and Work to Prevent Suicide

As 2019 begins, a new Tennessee law will create a statewide program to identify causes of suicides and work to prevent suicide deaths.

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Save Lives by Learning Warning Signs for Suicide
Save Lives by Learning Warning Signs for Suicide

In 2017, 1,163 Tennesseans died by suicide. Communities, workplaces, schools and families can play an active role in decreasing suicide by providing education, resources and support for prevention, intervention and treatment.

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3 Deaths by Suicide in Tennessee Almost Daily
3 Deaths by Suicide in Tennessee Almost Daily

In any given day, three people in Tennessee die by suicide. In 2016, the number of suicides increased in young people (ages 10-18) in Tennessee, with one person in this age group lost to suicide every week.

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Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Comments on
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Comments on "13 Reasons Why"

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) draws attention to the release of the second season of the Netflix drama, "13 Reasons Why," on May 18, 2018. Following the release of Season One in May 2017, TSPN...

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Suicide numbers higher than traffic fatalities in Tennessee
Suicide numbers higher than traffic fatalities in Tennessee

The 2018 Status of Suicide in Tennessee report has been released and statistics show that in the past six years, traffic accident deaths rank lower than the number of deaths caused by suicide.

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Jail inmate attempts suicide - Saved by Rutherford County detention staff
Jail inmate attempts suicide - Saved by Rutherford County detention staff

A near death suicide was prevented at the Rutherford County jail facility in Murfreesboro.

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INSPIRE: Murfreesboro man diagnosed at 32 with Parkinson's Disease
INSPIRE: Murfreesboro man diagnosed at 32 with Parkinson's Disease

Jason Neely grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was into sports, adventure and fun just like any teen. But, things slowed drastically by age 32. He even contemplated suicide.

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Suicide UP in Tennessee
Suicide UP in Tennessee

An average of three people died by suicide each day in Tennessee in 2016, the highest recorded in the state in more than 35 years.

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Social Media Use Linked to Teen Suicide
Social Media Use Linked to Teen Suicide

A study released this month in the journal Clinical Psychological Science found links between use of online engagement platforms and feelings of hopelessness and suicide.

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Murfreesboro Police Officer Intervenes in Suicide Attempt
Murfreesboro Police Officer Intervenes in Suicide Attempt

Murfreesboro Police were able to help a 55 year old homeless man prior to him passing out. The man apparently took 10 Seroquel pills and stated that he was trying to kill himself.

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MPD Rush To Gunnerson Avenue
MPD Rush To Gunnerson Avenue

Around 9:05 Friday (9/15/2017) morning, officers responded to 1014 Gunnerson Avenue to investigate a call of a suspicious person armed with a gun.

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Teen suicide numbers are UP
Teen suicide numbers are UP

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control found that teenage suicides rose nationwide in 2015, and girls between the ages of 15 and 19 hit a 40-year high.

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Suicide numbers drastically up in Murfreesboro
Suicide numbers drastically up in Murfreesboro

Many have noticed that suicides are up in the Murfreesboro area. Sgt. Kyle Evans with the police department stated...

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UPDATE: Suicide in Barfield Park on Saturday evening
UPDATE: Suicide in Barfield Park on Saturday evening

UPDATE: Apparently, someone called the authorities just before it occurred asking officers to check on the 46 year old man at his Cloister subdivision home

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Death of Linkin Park Frontman Highlights Need for Survivor Support
Death of Linkin Park Frontman Highlights Need for Survivor Support

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) wishes to convey its sympathies on the loss of Chester Bennington following his death by suicide last week in Los Angeles.

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Rutherford County man shoots himself in parking lot of Murfreesboro hospital
Rutherford County man shoots himself in parking lot of Murfreesboro hospital

A man evidently shot himself in the parking lot of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro on Tuesday morning.

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Murfreesboro woman saves the life of a suicidal roommate
Murfreesboro woman saves the life of a suicidal roommate

An attempted suicide was stopped, thanks to the watchful eye of a roommate in Murfreesboro.

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Suicide numbers up in Tennessee
Suicide numbers up in Tennessee

In any given day, three people in Tennessee die by suicide. As of 2015, suicide is the third-leading cause of death...

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Man facing Sexual Exploitation of a Minor charges commits suicide in Dollar General parking lot
Man facing Sexual Exploitation of a Minor charges commits suicide in Dollar General parking lot

Hale was recently indicted on charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor of over 100 images and Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor of over 50 images.

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TSPN Responds to
TSPN Responds to "13 Reason Why"

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) has fielded several inquiries from the public regarding Netflix's popular series "13 Reasons Why," based on the novel by Jay Asher.

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More suicides and attempted suicides in Murfreesboro
More suicides and attempted suicides in Murfreesboro

The number of suicides in Murfreesboro seem to be on the increase. There were several attempted suicides reported in recent days along with another actual suicide that was reported on Monday (4/3/17).

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Another suicide reported in Murfreesboro on South Church Street
Another suicide reported in Murfreesboro on South Church Street

When police responded to the scene, they located a deceased male under the South Church Street bridge that crosses over the Stones River next to Bubba's Wine and Liquor

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UPDATE: Monday suicide on I-24 tied to a homicide
UPDATE: Monday suicide on I-24 tied to a homicide

55 Year old Lisa Heslep is the mother of the deceased man and she is also the suspect in her sons murder.

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UPDATE: Woman Jumps To Death On I-24
UPDATE: Woman Jumps To Death On I-24

Westbound lanes of I-24 in La Vergne are shut down as the Tennessee Highway Patrol and La Vergne Police investigate a suicide. A woman jumped from the Waldron Road bridge onto I-24, and was hit by several vehicles.

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Another U.S. Veteran commits suicide in Murfreesboro
Another U.S. Veteran commits suicide in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Police were called to Ideal Storage on South Church Street Thursday evening around 6 for what later turned out to be a suicide.

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Inmate attempting suicide saved by Rutherford County Sheriff's Officers
Inmate attempting suicide saved by Rutherford County Sheriff's Officers

An inmate trying to take his own life was saved by a team of Rutherford County Adult Detention Center booking officers and the nursing staff Sunday, a spokeswoman said.

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Suicide reported in a Murfreesboro park
Suicide reported in a Murfreesboro park

According to the police, Officer David Hawkins was on patrol in the SportsCom area during the day of New Year's Eve when he located a truck parked near the soccer fields.

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Murfreesboro Police Officer saves the life of a homeless man
Murfreesboro Police Officer saves the life of a homeless man

A Murfreesboro Police Officer saved the life of a young man who was attempting suicide on Wednesday night next to the Publix Grocery Store on South Rutherford Boulevard.

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UPDATE: Murfreesboro Police release name of Tuesday suicide victim
UPDATE: Murfreesboro Police release name of Tuesday suicide victim

The man who reportedly hung himself on the South Church Street bridge over I-24 Tuesday morning has been identified.

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Man found hanging from South Church Street Bridge Tuesday
Man found hanging from South Church Street Bridge Tuesday

A white male who was said to be in his late 40's was found hanging from the South Church Street bridge over the west bound lane of I-24...

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Veteran Suicide Numbers Still High in Tennessee and Beyond
Veteran Suicide Numbers Still High in Tennessee and Beyond

In year 2010, 22 percent of the total U.S. suicides were that of a Veteran taking his or her own life. The number today is at 18 percent.

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School Resource Officer talks 16 year old out of suicide in Murfreesboro
School Resource Officer talks 16 year old out of suicide in Murfreesboro

A School Resource Officer on his way home from school came across a 16-year old who was about to jump to his death from the Old Fort Parkway bridge onto Interstate 24 below.

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Police talk woman out of suicide on Thursday
Police talk woman out of suicide on Thursday

Murfreesboro Police were able to talk a 31 year old woman out of suicide early Thursday morning (7/14/16). The incident unfolded on Medical Center Parkway, where she wanted to jump from a bridge.

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Possible Suicide on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro
Possible Suicide on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Police responded to the area underneath the bridge on Walter Hale Court and found the 50 year old subject on the ground.

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Status of Suicide in Tennessee 2016
Status of Suicide in Tennessee 2016

In any given day, three people in Tennessee die by suicide. As of 2014, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people (ages 10-19) in Tennessee, with one person in this age group lost to suicide every week.

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UPDATE: Suicide in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center
UPDATE: Suicide in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center

A man in the jail at 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro hanged himself with the cord of a pay phone in a holding cell shortly after his arrest for an alleged domestic assault against his wife.

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Man allegedly commits suicide in the backyard of a nearby Murfreesboro home
Man allegedly commits suicide in the backyard of a nearby Murfreesboro home

The resident who called police told officers that after hearing the shot, he walked into his back yard where he saw a man lying on the ground.

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Attempted suicide from an apartment balcony in Murfreesboro
Attempted suicide from an apartment balcony in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Police responded to a potential suicide call on Sunday at The Woods at Greenland Apartment complex.

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Alleged Suicidal man allegedly jumped from the balcony inside the local hospital
Alleged Suicidal man allegedly jumped from the balcony inside the local hospital

A man jumped from the second floor balcony inside St. Thomas Rutherford onto the concrete floor below, according to witnesses.

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15.7 Suicide deaths per every 100,000 people in Tennessee
15.7 Suicide deaths per every 100,000 people in Tennessee

In 2013, the latest year for which state-specific figures are available, Tennessee's age-adjusted suicide rate was at its highest point in five years, with a rate of 15.7 suicide deaths per 100,000 people and 1,017 deaths reported.

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Veterans and Suicide: Taking Too Many Tennessee Lives
Veterans and Suicide: Taking Too Many Tennessee Lives

Veterans in Tennessee and across the country could gain access to improved mental health services, with expected Congressional passage today (Monday) of legislation aimed at preventing suicide among former service members.

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Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Tennessee

In 2013, intentional self-harm was the tenth leading cause of death in Tennessee, a ranking that mirrors U.S. and international cause of death rankings.

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UPDATE: Woman reportedly jumped from Old Fort Parkway Bridge
UPDATE: Woman reportedly jumped from Old Fort Parkway Bridge

A Colorado woman committed suicide by jumping from the Old Fort Parkway bridge over I-24. The tragic incident occurred just before 7:00 o'clock Friday morning (12/12/2014).

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Will $5-million help to prevent suicides in Tennessee?
Will $5-million help to prevent suicides in Tennessee?

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has been awarded two federal grants totaling nearly $5 million dollars, to reduce the rate of suicides in the state.

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Man who allegedly rented a gun at local shooting range commits suicide
Man who allegedly rented a gun at local shooting range commits suicide

When paramedics arrived at the range, they began chest compression's, however the man was pronounced dead upon his arrival to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

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Suicide: A big problem in society and two were reported in Murfreesboro over the Labor Day weekend
Suicide: A big problem in society and two were reported in Murfreesboro over the Labor Day weekend

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults in Tennessee. Those statistics also hold true in Rutherford County.

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Commissioner for the  Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services releases special statement
Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services releases special statement

"Through the untimely death of entertainer Robin Williams, a bright light is shining once again on the often-avoided conversation about suicide..."

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Attempted "Suicide by Cop" case reported Monday night

WGNS usually does not report attempted suicide stories, but that changes when the attempted suicide threats revolve around other potential victims.

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Suicide numbers are seeing a spike in Rutherford County, according to recent police reports observed by WGNS
Suicide numbers are seeing a spike in Rutherford County, according to recent police reports observed by WGNS

New Life University (NLU), in cooperation with Branches Counseling Center – Murfreesboro , will conduct a Suicide Prevention class July 18-19, taught by Tracey Robison, LPC, MHSP, the clinical director of Branches Counseling Center. 

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Very public suicide reported in Murfreesboro - WGNS will not release any names

At about 4:30, Sunday morning… a woman was driving her husband in the car when she heard a gunshot. The woman found herself turning into a Mapco Express...

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State of Tennessee Says March, April and May have Highest Suicide Rates

If you think that most suicides occur in the cold, gray winter months, think again: It has actually been shown that the spring months of March, April, and May have consistently had the highest suicide rate...

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Murfreesboro Officer Saves the Life of Local Woman Attempting Suicide

While we typically do not give details of attempted suicide incidents, we did want to highlight a recent call that unfolded in Murfreesboro.

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Suicide Among White Males is Increasing in Tennessee

The latest data shows the “Status of Suicide in Tennessee” is stable and not increasing, but there are still concerns among some groups, including middle-aged and older men.

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BAD NUMBERS: 1 Person Between the Ages of 10 and 24 Dies by Suicide in Tennessee Every Four Days

In any given year, over 900 people in Tennessee die by suicide.  This includes an estimated 100 young people between the ages of 10 to 24 (about one every four days) and about 135 people over the age of 65—about one every three days. 

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Shooting Death Reported in Area of Jefferson Pike on Sunday Night - Likely Self Inflicted
A shooting was reported around 9:00 Sunday night in Rutherford County. The incident occurred at an address on East Fork Road off of Jefferson Pike. 
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Suicide Attempts are Up in Murfreesboro in Past Two Days
Suicide rates typically increase as we near Thanksgiving and Christmas however, four "attempts" in two days seems to be more than usual.
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Murfreesboro Takes Notice of Statistics: 900 Die Each Year from Suicide in Tennessee
Murfreesboro Takes Notice of Statistics: 900 Die Each Year from Suicide in Tennessee

In Tennessee, an estimated 900 men, women, and children die by suicide each year.  More people die by suicide each year than from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving.  

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Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and mental health experts say taking the steps to possibly save someone's life doesn't require any special skills or training. 
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Possible Suicide Problem: 1 In 4 High School Students Said they have Felt Hopelessness for Two Weeks or More in a 12-Month Period
In May of this year, the TN Suicide Prevention Network reported that the rate of suicide in Tennessee is 14.4 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average of 10.8 per 100,000 individuals, which places Tennessee’s suicide rate 13th in the nation.
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Teens in Crisis on the Rise

It seems children contemplating suicide is on the rise. In a recent report in the Tennessean, calls to the state's crisis hotline are on the rise. 

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UPDATE: WGNS Received Numerous Calls/Emails Asking What Took Place on Old Fort Parkway at I-24 Monday Evening
A police report filed after the incident took place shows that the man was believed to be highly intoxicated and very upset.
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Search Continues for Gold Valley Drive Murder Suspect
The search continues for a suspect in the murder of a 30-year old woman on Gold Valley Drive last Sunday. Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman shares the latest information with WGNS News.
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