Dr. Kenneth Tullis

Author of
"The Courage to Live WorkBook"

Contact Information:
5158 Stage Road
Suite 120
Memphis, TN 38134
(901) 383-1924

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About Dr. Tullis:

Dr. Ken Tullis, a survivor of seven suicide attempts and multiple addictions, is an award-winning psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders, addictions, psychological trauma, and suicide prevention. He is an FAA/HIMS approved psychiatric/addiction medicine consultant.

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. 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 Interfaith Services.  In 2008, the Tullises received the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA’s (SPAN USA) highest honor, the Founders Award. In 2014, Dr. Tullis was selected by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals as a top psychiatrist in Memphis.

Dr. Tullis is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, a founding member of the American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions, and is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.  He has dedicated his life to helping impaired physicians and served on his state's Physicians Health Peer Review Committee.  He served as Medical Director of Lakeside’s Impaired Professionals Program from July 1986 – January 2006.

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 two books,  Seduction of Suicide, written under the pen name Kevin Taylor, M.D., and 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 active in suicide prevention nationally and in their home state of Tennessee. They are strong advocates for helping survivors of suicide attempts and have been frequent speakers on this topic at state and national Suicide Prevention Conferences.

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