Over the past 2 years, Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge Teams have been taking this effort to participating states and local communities, each forming a unique team of representatives and creating plans to implement policy and improve the lives of service members, Veterans and their families. The teams attended a Safe Messaging Conference in July and committed to taking action in several ways, including:

  • Emphasizing messages of hope and recovery
  • Changing the way we talk about suicide
  • Applying safe messaging best practices on social media communications

More information on both initiatives can be found here: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/55707/va-health-human-services-announce-governors-challenge-prevent-suicide/

 

SMVF TA Center staff with Mayor’s and Governor’s Challenge representatives at the 2019 VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference
Courtesy: SMVF TA Center