Nashville, Tennessee – February 12, 2014

Nashville, Tennessee – February 12, 2014

The AFSP-Tennessee Chapters celebrated their first ever State Capitol Day this year, braving cold temperatures and snow to bring the AFSP message to state legislators.  Participants met with Tennessee State Senators and Representatives to discuss HB 2123/SB2377 – the Kenneth and Madge Tullis, MD, Suicide Prevention Training Act of 2014, which would require certain mental health professionals to complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management as part of their continuing education requirements.  Though the bill has since been pulled in committee, there are plans to reintroduce it next year.  Overall, the day was still a smashing success as it gave participants a chance to introduce AFSP on the state level and to establish critical relationships with lawmakers in Nashville.  It was also a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to educate themselves on the public policy and advocacy process and to get to know each other.  We hope to make next year’s event even bigger and more successful!