Home Page Media Group to receive award from Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network at awareness event

Home Page Media Group to receive award from Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network at awareness event

With the advent of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network will honor survivors of suicide and prevention partners at an annual day of observance.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Home Page will receive the Special Media Award for Associate Editor Brooke Wanser’s four-part series on suicides in Williamson County from the Natchez Trace Bridge.

The Home Page subsequently held a public forum, bringing together suicide and mental health experts, law enforcement, National Park Service rangers, and survivors to discuss the problem.

Follow the links below to read our full coverage of the topic.

Introduction video: Natchez Trace Bridge is a place of beauty, tragedy

Bridge renowned for beauty in its setting and design also known for suicides

Suicides from the Natchez Trace Bridge: One woman’s story

Suicides from the Natchez Trace Bridge: Law enforcement frustrations

Suicides from the Natchez Trace Bridge: Finding solutions, making changes

TSPN’s Director of Statewide Initiatives and Development Joanne Perley said the award “is intended to recognize media outlets who have uniquely contributed to local or statewide suicide prevention efforts.”

Though TSPN has given regional suicide prevention awards since 2005, the Special Media Award was first introduced in 2015.

Previous recipients include reporters from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, the Tennessean, and the Maryville Daily Times.

“It is important that we use the Home Page platform to instigate critical conversations about issues like suicide,” said Home Page Media Group founder and CEO Kelly Gilfillan.

“We hope our readers understand how this tragic circumstance affects everyone from families and friends to local law enforcement,” she continued.

Wanser and the Home Page will be honored at TSPN’s annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on September 12 at Trevecca Community Church, 335 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville.

The event will also feature the presentation of a signed proclamation from the office of Gov.Bill Haslam, recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Tennessee.

Similar proclamations from cities and counties all over the state will also be presented at the event.

Guests will have an opportunity to review artistic displays, like the new “Love Never Dies” Memorial Quilt, the military boot exhibit from Fort Campbell—a display that powerfully depicts the effects of suicide on our veterans and their families—and an art installation coordinated by Your Heart on Art, Inc. and created by survivors of suicide and suicide attempts.

A catered luncheon sponsored by Vanderbilt Behavioral Health will immediately follow the ceremony’s close.

If you are interested in attending this free event, click here for more information and to register.

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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