September 4, 2020

1. UT Suicide Prevention Plan

The University of Tennessee prevention plan and additional resources are available at the UT System Human Resources website.

Remember: If you or one of your colleagues are in an emergency or crisis, call 911, reach out to one of your campus or state resources or contact the Employee Assistance Program.

Statewide Resources

  • Employee Assistance Program
    • 855.Here4TN (855.437.3486)
    • Offers free, confidential assistance to employees and their families and provides a wide range of resources to support employees dealing with many challenges, including but not limited to:
      • Suicidal thoughts
      • Grief and loss
      • Depression, anxiety and stress
      • Family concerns
  • Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (
    • 1.800.273.TALK (8255) Text TN to 741741
      • Available 24 hours a day to help anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis.

The University of Tennessee provides an Employee Assistance Program through the State of Tennessee. Employees who feel stressed, depressed, anxious, or have other concerns are encouraged to use the EAP hotline as early as possible. You should not wait until you are having suicidal thoughts – get help as soon as possible. The EAP number is 1.855.Here4TN, or 855.437.3486.

Many troubled individuals display behaviors that may deliberately or inadvertently signal their suicidal intent. If you, a UT colleague or a UT student exhibit any warning signs, seek help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800.273.8255). Certain risk factors may increase the likelihood that someone in trouble will consider or attempt suicide. To learn more about the warning signs and risk factors, please visit the UT Suicide Prevention website.

The University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which can be reached at 855.Here4TN (855.437.3486), can offer ongoing support for someone who has either attempted suicide or who is affected by a suicide attempt of a loved one.

Additionally, eligible employees who need time away from work to seek mental health treatment may do so by requesting leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or other University leave policies. For more information, contact your campus human resources office.

2. COVID-19 Testing Available on Memphis Campus

A COVID-19 testing site has been set up on the Memphis campus in the Student-Alumni Center (SAC) gymnasium at 800 Madison Ave. The gymnasium is located on the backside of the SAC and patients should enter via the breezeway, and not through the front door of the SAC.

The SAC testing site is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 12:00 – 4:00 pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm with no appointment necessary for faculty, staff, and students. Students should refer to their portal for streamlined scheduling. Spouses, family members, and friends of UTHSC faculty, staff, and students cannot be tested at the SAC location and should go to a community testing site operated by University Clinical Health (UCH). The SAC testing site is closed on holidays.

The SAC testing site is for those who are asymptomatic (no symptoms) and have had no known exposure to COVID-19.

Those with symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 will be referred to a UCH mobile testing site by texting “COVID” to 901.203.5526. Test results will take about 48 hours to be returned to the patient.
3. Coronavirus Symposium: Clinical Care

Please join the Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy for a free online symposium for COVID-19 information focusing on clinical care on Tuesday, September 15, 11:00 am – 1:35 pm CDT.

The agenda and registration information can be found at

4. Nominations Open for Chancellor's Exempt Staff Award!

Nominate a non-faculty exempt staff member who has gone beyond the call of duty! Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 18 at 5:00 pm.

For more information about the award and award process, please visit

5. Happy Labor Day!

The University will be closed on Monday, September 7, in honor of Labor Day.
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