Tullis, a survivor of seven suicide attempts and multiple
addictions, is an award-winning psychiatrist specializing in
addictions. In 1999 he received the prestigious Diamond Award
for life-time contributions to the field of mental health,
presented by the Mental Health Association of the Mid-South.
Mrs. Tullis, who survived her husband's seven suicide attempts,
serves on the Board of Directors of Suicide Prevention Action
(SPAN USA). Dr. and Mrs. Tullis received the 2005 Humanitarian
Award for their dedication to suicide prevention, presented by
the Organization for Attempters and Survivors of Suicide in
Dr. Tullis is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction
Medicine and a founding member of the
Academy of Psychiatrists
in Alcoholism and Addictions. He has dedicated his life to
helping impaired physicians and served on his state's Physicians
Health Peer Review Committee.
In May 1996, Dr. Tullis, along with fifteen other survivors of
suicide attempts, founded Suicide Anonymous, the first-ever
twelve step program for people struggling with suicide.
Dr. Tullis is the author of The Courage to Live Workbook,
a groundbreaking companion to his first book, Seduction of
Suicide, written under the pen name Kevin Taylor, M.D..
recently published his new book, Secrets of
Suicide, Healing the Hidden Wounds that Lead Us to Suicide.
With his wife, Madge, Dr. Tullis appeared on the Oprah Winfrey
Show, "Successful People Who Attempted Suicide." The Tullises
organized and co-chaired
Tennessee's first-ever Suicide
Prevention Conference in cooperation with Surgeon General David
Satcher and their state's Department of Health. Together with
the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities, they founded the Tennessee Suicide Prevention
Network (TSPN), which has become a model for other states.
Madge and Ken continue to be very active in suicide prevention
nationally and in their home state of
Tennessee. They are strong advocates for
helping survivors of suicide attempts and are frequent speakers
on this topic at state and national Suicide Prevention
Tullises were Keynote Speakers at the 14th Annual Maryland
Suicide Prevention Conference, Baltimore
Maryland, October 10, 2002.
In addition, they have conducted numerous workshops in Washington, D.C, at Suicide Prevention
Action Network-USA (SPAN-USA) National Awareness Events since
Ken presented at the First National Interfaith Conference on
Religion and Suicide at The Carter Center in
Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2000, and at the First Suicide
and the Black Church Conference in
Tennessee, June, 2003.
the Tullises were presenters at the First National Conference
for Survivors of Suicide Attempts, Healthcare Professionals,
Clergy and Laity in Memphis,
of 2004 Dr. Tullis presented "Suicide Among Medical
Professionals: Warning Signs in Yourself and Your Colleagues" at
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
and Mrs. Tullis are available for presentations or workshops on
the following topics:
Confessions of a Suicidal Shrink
Living With a Suicidal Shrink
Surviving a Family Member's Suicide Attempt
Straight Talk on Suicide
Mood Disorders and Suicide
Addictions and Suicide
Trauma and Suicide
Religion and Suicide
Suicide: Diagnosis, Not Symptom
Treatment of Suicidal Patients
Prevention of Suicide 101
Suicide Among Medical Professionals