HEALTH:FURTHER 2018 | SPEAKERS

Scott Ridgway, MS

Scott Ridgway, MS

Executive Director

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

Scott Ridgway has served as Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network’s Executive Director since 2001. He works closely with TSPN’s gubernatorially-appointed Advisory Council to implement suicide prevention strategies within the state of Tennessee. He served six years on the Steering Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and he was a member of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Task Force that created the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. A dedicated volunteer he frequently advocates for children and families through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) the Foster Care Review Board, Nashville Citizen’s Police Alumni Association, Leadership Donelson-Hermitage group and served as a surrogate parent for Nashville Public Schools. He has served as Past President of the Board of Directors for the Middle Tennessee Association for Child Care; Temporary Residents of Adolescents in Crisis Inc. (TRAC); First Steps Inc. and the Crisis Intervention Center (now a division of Family and Children’s Services). He was also a founding member of Renewal House and Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Brooks Fund Advisory Council. He served three terms as president of the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare’s Board of Directors and two terms on the Board of Directors for OutCentral and Nashville Cares. He served on the Metro Nashville Human Relations Commission for six years under two different mayoral administrations including a two-year term as the Commission’s Chair. Scott holds a Master’s of Science in Public Service Management from Cumberland University and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from the University of Knoxville.

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