VTVT Prepares for Suicide Prevention Training at the Women Veterans Summit

In preparation for the Summit,  Vet to Vet Tennessee  recently trained 17 QPR Suicide Prevention Instructors on August 20, 2018.   The summit’s agenda includes training up to 500 QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers.

Vet to Vet Tennessee (Vet to Vet TN (VTVT) received grants from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee and several individual donors to help VTVT train suicide prevention advocates.  The donations allowed VTVT to grant seventeen $500.00 scholarships. 

On August 20, 2018 VTVT and Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN), QPR Institute trained and certified 17 QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructors.  The training was hosted by Military Chaplains Association Veteran/Military Friendly Congregation’s member, Rio Revolution Church.  TSPN’s Executive Director and QPR’s Master Instructor lead the training along with VTVT’s President Ed Junod.

Ed Junod received QPR Institute Master Instructior certification which bring the total number of QPR Master Instructors in Tennesseel; TSPN’s Executive Director Scott Ridgeway, TSPN’s Regional Director Amy Dolinky and VTVT’s President Ed Junod.

August 20, 2018 graduates are:

Al North Celebrate Recovery Eastern TN Director
Cindy Phillips Peninsula Covenant Health Coordinator Education & Infection Control
Devin Lipsey Rio Revolution Church Administrative Pastor
Emily Hager Co-Chair Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council
Joe Mc Cameron Reboot Combat Recovery Knoxville Facilitator
Kathleen Puckett Professional Counselor – Mental Health & Alcohol & Drug
Lenville Sweet Denso Supervisor, Amvets Post 22 Chaplain
Lisa Bentley Covenant Health Coordinator
Lloyd Hansen TN State VFW Senior Vice Commander
Nicolette DeFilippi Humana Community Manager
Patty Hardy Knoxville Bold Goal Market Strategic Integration Leader
Ron Hutson Vet to Vet Tennessee Member
Ron Morton Manager Recovery and Resiliency at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Council Chaplain
Suzanne Ward Sweetwater Police Department Training Officer
Thomas Keeble Rio Revolution Celebrate Recovery Welcome Home Facilitator
Tiffany Peters Vet to Vet Tennessee University of Louisville Practicum Intern
Vernon Vargo Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council Suicide Prevention Committee Chairman



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