First Farragut United Methodist Church will host Hope Rises, a community event featuring the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, on February 25 from 2-4 p.m. at 12733 Kingston Pike, Knoxville.


This event’s conversation is intended for both adults and teenagers. It includes information about suicide awareness and prevention with separate breakout sessions for adults and youth. Participants will learn how to recognize warning signs, show compassion, and offer support for those having suicidal ideation.


Panelists include Emily Hager of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; Scott Payne of Contact Care Line and Advisory Council member of Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Collin Zimmer of Sources of Strength, Farragut High School Hope Squad students, and others. Sources of Strength and Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program for high school students and young adults. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors.


Suicidal thoughts can happen any time to anyone — any age, race, gender, or socioeconomic background. In the Knoxville area, suicides increased 30% in 2022. There is hope! Suicide is preventable and you can make a difference. This conversation could save a life.


First Farragut United Methodist Church is a Certified Recovery Congregation through the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Faith-Based Initiative.


For more information or to register, visit or call the church office at (865) 966-8430.

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