Suicide prevention license tag needs support
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jun 22, 2014 | 264 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Time is running out for a proposed suicide prevention awareness license plate.

If the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network has 1,000 people pre-registered for the plate by June 30, then it will be created. Otherwise, the organization will have to try again next year.

Tim Tatum, a local member of the TSPN advisory board, said a private donor had donated enough to cover the $35 fee for specialty tags.

“We had the idea of the license plates. We took it before legislation to have it approved to have a specialty tag,” Tatum said.

The plate has received approval, but the Tennessee Department of Revenue requires 1,000 pre-registrations for the tag before it will authorize manufacturing them.

The design is the compilation of high school students’ ideas.

Tatum said if it is not created this year, the idea will have to go back through the legislative process, and then the donation may not be available.

According to a press release, “If this project is successful, Tennessee will be the first state in the country to have a specialty license plate devoted to the cause of suicide prevention. Not only will the project lead to unprecedented exposure for the cause of suicide prevention in Tennessee, but a share of the proceeds from the sale of these plates will help fund suicide prevention efforts in our state.”

Tatum said the tag would give those affected by suicide a chance to promote prevention.

“It is going to have a positive message. It is going to have a way to reach out for help, so we are really pushing this as an awareness even,” Tatum said.

The license plate will have a website to visit for information on preventing suicide listed on the plate.

To pre-register go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/license-plate and enter the information requested.

Tatum, a resident of Polk County, works at Pine Ridge Treatment Center and was appointed to the TSPN advisory board by the governor.