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AFSP Tennessee

We work to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide across the state of Tennessee. Join us and become a Lifesaver today.

About the AFSP Tennessee Chapter

The Tennessee Chapter serves all 95 counties in the Volunteer State. Our Board of Directors, led by Chair Paul Augustyniak, and our passionate volunteers are active in our communities bringing both education and awareness programs to schools and organizations, in addition to supporting those touched by the tragedy of suicide. 

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by:

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. Our Chapter work continues to grow and we welcome anyone who would like to join our fight in turning the tide on suicide statistics. Please join our fight and our mission by volunteering and supporting the Tennessee Chapter today.

Mailing Address:

AFSP Tennessee
8161 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37221

AFSP Tennessee Board of Directors:

Board Chair
Paul Augustyniak, Community Volunteer
Mark Patterson, Patent Attorney
Patrice Coleman, Nashville Department of Emergency Communications
Board Members
Lina Budesa, BrightQuest Treatment Centers
Dr. Kirsty Clark, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Nicholas Denton, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
Shannon Geames, State of Tennessee
Deidra Goins, Manchester City Schools

Chapter contact

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Halli Drake
Tennessee Area Director
[email protected]
(615) 393-4742

Upcoming events and activities

LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Resources

LGBTQ crisis and support resources

Suicide can be prevented. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health distress and/or are in crisis, support is available. Here is a list of LGBTQ crisis hotlines and support resources.

L.E.T.S. Save Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention for Black and African American Communities

L.E.T.S. Save Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention for the Black Community is a presentation designed to reduce cultural stigma, foster conversations about mental health, and raise awareness of suicide prevention for individuals who identify as Black or African American.

Healing Conversations:
Personal Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Healing Conversations gives survivors of suicide loss the opportunity to speak with volunteers, who are themselves loss survivors.

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Stories and updates

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Volunteer with AFSP TN for Pride Month!

AFSP Tennessee is gearing up for our largest Pride Month yet, and we need your help!

Volunteer Advocates meet with Tennessee legislators

Volunteer Advocates come together for Tennessee's State Capitol Day

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 27 Volunteer Advocates from 19 different communities came together in Nashville for one mission: to fight for suicide prevention in Tennessee.

Lina, Deidra, Halli and Paul celebrate the chapter's success, holding three awards

AFSP Tennessee celebrates success at 2024 Chapter Leadership Conference

AFSP Tennessee received national recognition at AFSP's annual Chapter Leadership Conference for the chapter's social media strategy, the work of the chapter's advocacy program, and the success of the Nashville Walk.

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Be The Light brings hope and music to Nashville

On Tuesday, May 23rd, AFSP Tennessee supporters, advocates, and volunteers gathered at Riverside Revival for the second annual Be The Light benefit concert. The powerful event shined a light on mental health through the power of story and song, all while celebrating the life-saving work of the Tennessee Chapter. 

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2023 Campus Walks bring suicide prevention to students

In spring 2023, students from across Tennessee came together at our Out of the Darkness Campus Walks. We walked on five campuses and together helped to break the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide prevention.

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Tennessee Advocates meet with Legislators at annual State Capitol Day

On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, AFSP Tennessee Advocates visited state lawmakers for our annual State Capitol Day. Advocates from across the state traveled to the capitol to champion policies that are smart about mental health.