Video: PREVENTS - A Whole Nation Approach to Suicide Prevention

Presenters: Barbara Van Dahlen , Carolyn Colley

Join the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® during National Suicide Prevention Week for a webinar about a new national effort to prevent suicide among Veterans and all Americans. This webinar will provide information about the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS). Enacted by President Donald J. Trump by Executive Order, PREVENTS is a Cabinet-level, interagency effort to develop the first Federally-coordinated national public health strategy to address suicide.

The PREVENTS Roadmap, released in June 2020, is a historic, national plan to raise awareness about mental health, connect Veterans and others at risk of suicide to federal and local resources, and facilitate focused and coordinated research into suicide. Details are available on the Veterans Affairs PREVENTS website. The first recommendation in the PREVENTS Roadmap is to create and implement a national public health campaign focused on suicide prevention. The campaign, called REACH, was launched in July 2020. Learn more about REACH at the We Are Within Reach website. 

Presented by Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, Executive Director of the PREVENTS Task Force, the webinar will also inform participants about ways to get involved and contribute to PREVENTS’ efforts. Dr. Van Dahlen will be joined by Carolyn Colley, whose two brothers served in the military and died by suicide. A veteran herself, Carolyn has spent much of her career helping veterans and their families, serves as a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Peer Mentor, and works for the PREVENTS Office.

This video was recorded and presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®.

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