Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

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By Jace Radke

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)announced the cities that will participate in the first group for the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and Their Families.

Beverly Golston, Team Lead for the City of Las Vegas. She stated that she attended the meeting held with the city officials, the mayors of Henderson, Boulder City, North Las Vegas and Las Vegas on the subject of suicides in the cities. The Mayor Challenge includes the following key objectives:

-Build an interagency military and civilian team of leaders to develop and implement a strategic action plan to prevent and reduce suicide.

-Acquire a deeper familiarity with the issues surrounding suicide prevention for service members, veterans and their families.

-Increase knowledge about the challenges and lessons learned in implementing strategies by utilizing city-to-city sharing.

-Define and measure success, including defining assignments, deadlines and measurable outcomes.

Some members of our interagency team will attend a two-day academy in Washington, D.C. later this month. We will continue to update this post with our efforts to accelerate suicide prevention in order to embrace and support the health and well-being of our service members, veterans and their families.