Officials Give Local COVID Update

Overton County and Town of Livingston officials, along with local health professionals, held a press conference last Friday and reiterated the importance of self-care during this time of uncertainty.

Dale Hollow Mental Health Director Anne Stamps and Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Regional (TSPN) Director Michael Anderson provided information in regards to programs and resources available during this time.

“We can continue to provide services over the telephone so that people don’t have to come into the office,” Stamps said.

Stamps instructed that first-time appointments can be made by calling 1-877-567-6051.

She also informed that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and during this uncertain time, self-care is of the utmost importance.

“If you’re feeling hopeless, helpless or overwhelmed, please feel free to call our first appointment line or our CRISIS line,” she said.

Anderson reiterated the importance of suicide prevention in Tennessee due to the fact more Tennesseans are lost annually to suicide than in car crashes, and the Upper Cumberland has the highest suicide rate in the state.

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