Bridging The Gap Event Addresses Connection Between Suicide And Opioid Abuse

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network's Southeast Region, in partnership with the Southeast Recovery Coalition, is hosting "Bridging the Gap for a Stronger Community in the Southeast Region", scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15, at Hixson United Methodist Church

The event is part of the region's observance of Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month. 

The keynote address will be provided by Dr. Monty Burks, director of Faith Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Burks will discuss the opioid epidemic in Tennessee--how it developed and ways to stop it--with an emphasis on the connections between opioid abuse and suicide deaths/attempts. 

The event will include an overview of local suicide prevention trends, as well as testimony from survivors of suicide loss and suicide attempts and two breakout sessions with a variety of workshops on topics, the full listing of which is available on the Eventbrite registration portal.

Registration is available online for $20; those paying by check may use the paper registration form. 

For more information contact TSPN East Tennessee Regional Coordinator Amy Dolinky at

The church is at 5301 Old Hixson Pike in Hixson.  Specific directions to the venue are available from the church by calling 877-1246.

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