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When: Third Thursday Each Month
Where: Belmont Village Senior Living
6605 Quail Hollow Rd
Memphis 38120
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NASW- TN West Branch

February 21, 2019

Belmont Village Assisted Living

6605 Quail Hollow Rd. Memphis, TN 38120

“Keeping the Promise: Making Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Recovery Everyone’s Business” Memphis VA Medical Center

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States claiming over 42,000 lives each year (Centers for Disease Control, 2015). Further, 18% of all deaths by suicide among U.S. adults are Veterans (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 2016). Though Mental illness exists commonly throughout the United States; about one in five adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in a given year (SAVE, 2017). Some common mental illnesses and may increase risk of suicide (SAVE, 2017).


Recognizing that suicide is preventable, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has embraced the importance of recovery in mental health services for veterans. In support of recovery and rehabilitation of every Veteran with a mental illness, VA has identified recovery as a guiding principle for its entire mental health service delivery system.


Social workers help individuals, groups, and communities in need by addressing social problems.  Suicide is not only considered a mental health issue, but a national health issue. Awareness and recovery efforts must be addressed at various levels (federal, state, and local) and by various groups collaboratively. Governments, health care systems, professionals, such as socials workers, friends, and family members all play an important role in suicide prevention and recovery efforts, because it is everyone’s business.


This presentation will:

1.      Provide a general understanding of the scope of suicide within the United States and Veteran population.

2.      Discuss the guiding principles of Mental Health Recovery in Social Work Practice.

3.      Identify the warning signs of suicide.


About Our Presenters:

Renee Brown LCSW, BCD, CFAE, Section Chief, Mental Health Social Work & Recovery Programs, Memphis VA Medical Center

Renee Brown, LCSW, BCD, CFAE is the Section Chief of Mental Health Social Work and Recovery Programs at the Memphis VA Medical Center.  Ms. Brown earned her degrees from Central State University and The University of Oklahoma. 

Terricka Hardy, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, Mental Health Local Recovery Coordinator,

Terricka Hardy, LCSW, ACSW, BCD is the Mental Health Recovery Coordinator at the Memphis VA Medical Center. Mrs. Hardy earned her degrees from The University of Memphis and The University of Tennessee.


1.0 CEU

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