Manatee Veterans Takes PREVENTS Pledge

Manatee Veterans Takes PREVENTS Pledge
Posted on 10/07/2020
To help show its commitment to actively engage leadership, employees, members and clients in suicide prevention efforts and increase awareness of mental health issues in general to prevent suicide for all Americans, Manatee County Veterans Services has signed the PREVENTS pledge.

The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (or PREVENTS) Executive Order (signed March 5, 2019) calls for the development of a comprehensive plan to empower Veterans and end suicide through coordinated suicide prevention efforts, prioritized research activities and strengthened collaboration across the public and private sectors.

Research shows that about 135 people are personally affected when one person commits suicide. Families, friends, co-workers and community members all suffer with a victim.

PREVENTS Organization Pledge to REACH:

At Manatee County Veterans Services, we pledge to do our part to help change the national conversation around mental health and suicide by:
  • Disseminating suicide prevention resources throughout the organization;
  • Educating leadership about suicide risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs;
  • Engaging in suicide prevention efforts, both within our organization and nationally;
  • Participating in PREVENTS’ activities, either virtually or in-person;
  • Initiating conversations about PREVENTS’ resources and efforts;
  • Sharing social media messages from PREVENTS;
  • Using safe messaging;
  • Encouraging lethal means safe storage; and
  • Inspiring others to sign the PREVENTS Pledge to REACH.

Signed by Lee Washington, Manatee County Veterans Services Officer
October 5, 2020

More information about the PREVENTS program

* Source: Cerel, J., Brown, M.M., Maple, M., Singleton, M., van de, Venne, J., Moore, M. and Flaherty, C. (2019), How Many People Are Exposed to Suicide? Not Six. Suicide Life Threat Behav, 49: 529-534.