Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority and Jared's Keepers have teamed up to make a difference among teens and young adults. We are teaming up in the Project I.M.P.A.C.T. (Individuals Making Progress Across Communities Together) to educate and empower individuals to reach out for mental health help when needed and to stop the stigma that is often associated with it. We look forward to working with Gamma Sigma Sigma!
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Kelsey Neeley has been busy representing Jared's Keepers Foundation, Inc and getting recognized for all the hard work she does. Left, Kelsey received the IC Hope Award from the Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. Right, She was awarded the Harpeth Way Award during her high school graduation, where she also received a standing ovation during the award.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., (June 9, 2016) – In honor of Governor Bill Haslam signing “Jared’s Law,” the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge will be lit in red tonight, June 9, 2016. Jared’s Law aims to prevent student suicide by requiring all employees of a Local Education Association (LEA) to complete two hours of training annually in suicide prevention and awareness and for each LEA to develop a policy on suicide prevention awareness.
“It was vital that we addressed the issue of youth suicide,” said Senator Roberts. “It’s a national tragedy that the rates are rising each and every year among our young people. Despite our best efforts, it continues to grow. Suicide is the third leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 10 and 19.”
Governor Bill Haslam signed the new law in a ceremony this morning in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The relationships between students and other faculty, including cafeteria workers, bus drivers and custodians, can be extremely influential to a young person’s life,” Sen. Roberts continued. “With this new law, we can provide additional resources of awareness and prevention to those that have the most interaction with our children. I am very pleased it has been signed into law.”
The new measure strengthens the 2007 Jason Flatt Act which became the nation’s most inclusive and mandatory youth suicide awareness and prevention legislation pertaining to teachers’ in-service training.
See Accompanying photo: Left to Right: with Governor Haslam is Senator Kerry Roberts; Shannon Hall, AFSP; Misty Leitsch, TSPN; Scott Ridgway, TSPN; Cameron Eanes, Jared’s Keepers; Kelsey Neeley, Jared’s Keepers; Diane Roberts and Rep. Mary Littleton.
This foundation is intended to guide you finding resources for help whether you are contemplating suicide or you are suicide survivor. Suicide has a wide ripple effect amoung family, friends, co-workers, and community at large.
Director of Student Outreach Recognized For Suicide Prevention Work