About Our Chapter

About Our Chapter

L to R: Josh Easler, Vanessa Stalets, Elizabeth Sledge, Angelynn Edwards, Teresa Young, Shannon Hall, Chris Hunter, Chuck McDaniel

Welcome. We are the Middle Tennessee chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.  

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

The AFSP Middle TN Chapter welcomes you to join us in our efforts to raise awareness in our community, fundraise for suicide prevention research and educational programs, erase the stigma surrounding suicide and its causes, and encourage those who are suffering from mental illness to seek treatment.  Our efforts are a mixture of education, fundraising, promoting awareness, providing outreach to survivors, developing resources for researchers and above all creating a sense of community throughout Middle Tennessee as we work together toward a common goal.

Experts estimate that a suicide attempt is made every minute, and a person in the United States dies by suicide every 16 minutes. Mental illnesses, such as depression and bi-polar disorder, affect millions of people including those we work with, socialize with, love, and admire. When accompanied with the widespread stigma that surrounds them, these mental illnesses isolate their victims, causing feelings of helplessness and despair that many people don't feel comfortable sharing with their friends or family.

Please help us work to change the view of mental illness and try to prevent suicide through research and education.

Community and volunteer support is vital to our success. There are a variety of ways that you can help. Please contact us at AFSP Middle Tennessee MiddleTN@afsp.org for more information on getting involved with our chapter, volunteering at our events or for more information on suicide prevention and what you can do to help.

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to increasing suicide prevention efforts in Middle TN. To this end, we reach out to work collaboratively and productively with other organizations and institutions. Our diverse members represent many different professional aspects in order to best provide a solid foundation for suicide prevention in our community.  Most members have been touched by suicide, either personally or professionally. 

Executive Committee

Shannon Hall, Chair

TBD, Ph.D., President

Chuck McDaniel, Treasurer

Katheryn Squires, Secretary

Board of Directors 

Michelle Bauer

Josh Easler

Angelynn Edwards

Chris Hunter

Elizabeth Sledge

Vanessa Stalets

Teresa Young

Communications Ambassabor

Brenda Williams

Survivor Outreach Coordinator

Nikki Scott

Founding Board Members

Josh Easler

Mary Beth Easler

Angelynn Edwards

Brandon Edwards

Kara Edwards

Cara Owen

Heath Owen

Elizabeth Sledge