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The State of Florida Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicides Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families initiative is a team effort with community organizations, state and local agencies, academic institutions and many others working together to reduce suicides in Florida. Reducing suicides takes all of us. Won’t you do your part to bring our suicide numbers down to zero? Get involved; volunteer or partner with us by joining our Five Star Incentive Program today!
For Emergencies Call 911
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Call 211
Veterans Crisis Line Call 988, Press 1
To Become a Volunteer Please Complete Watch Stander Training
The Watch Stander program brings awareness of Veterans concerns to 10,000+ community members and teaches them how to direct Veterans them to the support they need. To be a Watch Stander, we ask that you view two or three short training videos, read a guide of resources available to Veterans and sign a pledge. Then we ask that you get out there – on social media, in networking groups, in person – to stand watch and to save lives. The process takes just 45 minutes.
This is the first program of its kind. Its success depends on you. We have over 150,000 Veterans in Northeast Florida. They are family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. They are heroes who have risked their lives to protect our community. The least our community can do is work together to protect them.
Visit Watch Stander Training, choose your program, and enter a training portal made by PsychArmor Institute, the nation’s leading provider of online military and Veteran culture education. Thank you for your interest in becoming a Watch Stander.
Governor’s Suicide Prevention Challenge and Volunteer Application
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Join our Five Star Incentive Program!
Take the Pledge to REACH and Support Suicide prevention
Executive Order 13861 was signed on March 5, 2019, establishing PREVENTS and calling for a plan to empower Veterans and end suicide through suicide prevention efforts, research activities, and collaboration across the public and private sectors.
Research shows that for every suicide, 135 people are personally affected — families, friends, co-workers, and community members — which means in one year, up to 6.3 million people were directly affected by suicide.
By taking this pledge, you are making a commitment to increase awareness of mental health issues in general and prevent suicide for all Americans.