Mayors Challenge to Prevent Veteran Suicide among Service Members
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The Mayors Challenge to Prevent Veteran Suicide among Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF) was launched at the March 18 Policy Academy in Washington, D.C.
In June 2018, Mayor Adler accepted the invitation of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to participate in the Mayors Challenge to Prevent Veteran Suicide Among Veterans, Service Members and their Families (SMVF).
On July 17-18, 2018, SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center convened an initial meeting of 22 military and civilian stakeholders at the request of Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler. Responding to the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among SMVF (Mayor’s Challenge), Mayor Adler appointed Sly Majid, Chief Service Officer for the city, to form a team to review the city’s approach to suicide prevention for SMVF and to begin developing a collaborative action plan to address any identified gaps.
The assembled team includes representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); Easterseals; Integral Care; Central Health; Austin Community College; the Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Austin Police Department; the City of Austin; Austin Fire Department, EMS, Samaritan Center, the Texas Suicide Prevention Coalition and both Dell Medical School and the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.
The goals of the Mayors Challenge are outlined as follows:
- Reduce suicides among service members, veterans and their families using a public health approach to suicide prevention
- Increase knowledge about the challenges and lessons learned in implementing strategies by utilizing city to city sharing
- Employ promising, best and evidence-based practices to reduce the incidence of suicide related deaths and attempts at the local level.
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