• Aug 12, 2020
  • 6:26 AM

Take the Challenge – Be Part of the Solution


Take the Mayor’s Challenge

The COVID-19 crisis is launching us into unprecedented territory. The one certain during these uncertain times, is this public health crisis will bring an increase in human misery. While this may feel overwhelming, there is something you can do right now to help, and it will only take a few moments of your time.

You are challenged to “The Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide” by completing the online suicide prevention training course offered through the PsychAmor Institute. The two courses are S.A.V.E Training and 15 Things Veterans Want You to Know. While the S.A.V.E. video training refers to veterans, the principles are universal. 

When you accept the challenge and take the courses, you will become part of a wide-spread community team and effort. The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) in collaboration with Las Vegas Mayor Carol Goodman, Sparks Mayor Ron Smith, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve are extending this challenge to anyone who wants to accept it including veterans, city and county leaders, organizations, businesses, agencies and community members.

This challenge involves two steps. It takes about 25 minutes of your time.

First Step: Add contact information below to your phone so you are prepared to help.

Contact Name: S.A.V.E.

Phone: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 for Veterans (24-hour suicide lifeline)

Website: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

Text: 838255

Second Step: Register and complete the 25-minute online training at: https://psycharmor.org/sign-up/nevada-department-of-veterans-services/?gid=355327&unCbmSApNhXKs

The S.A.V.E. video is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the PsychArmor Institute. It is designed to empower viewers with the basic knowledge of what the signs may be for someone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide, how to ask if someone may be having thoughts of suicide and provide ideas on how to help.

The Mayor’s & Governor’s Challenge Teams are conducted in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and PsychArmor Institute. Also, Suicide Prevention Training- safeTALK and ASIST Training can be accessed through the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention website at: https://nvsuicideprevention.org/training/

Mayor’s Challenge Background

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS), the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced on December 13, 2017 the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge “To Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and their Families.”

The VA and SAMHSA invited seven cities to participate in the policy academy process. The cities invited to participate are based on Veteran population data, suicide prevalence rates, and the capacity of the city to lead the way in this first phase of the Mayor’s Challenge.

The goal of the Mayor’s Challenge is to eliminate suicide by using a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. The city teams met in Washington March 14-16, 2018 to develop strategic action plans to for their communities. The teams were made up of members from community groups, local government, military and others. SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center will provided technical assistance to the teams.

Who is SAMSHA or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, TA- Technical Assistance?

SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center serves as a national resource to support states, territories, and local communities in strengthening their capacity to address the behavioral health needs of military and veteran families.

To connect with SAMHSA’s website, go to: https://www.samhsa.gov/smvf-ta-center

SAMHSA Policy Academies

Policy Academies bring states and territories together to develop sustainable strategic plans for strengthening behavioral health care systems and services for service members, veterans, and their families. Each state and territory participant forms an interagency team with a team leader appointed by the Governor.

Nevada has participated in the following Policy Academies:
• City of Las Vegas, Mayor’s Challenge Team, March 2018
• Reno-Sparks, Mayors’ Challenge Team, March 2019
• Rural Academy, April 2019
• Safe Messaging and Social Media, July 2019
• Leadership Conference, August 2019

To learn more about SAMHSA’s Policy Academies, click here: https://www.samhsa.gov/smvf-ta-center/activities/policy-academies

Las Vegas Mayor’s Challenge Team

The Las Vegas Mayor’s Challenge Team was one of the first seven cities from across the nation to participate in SAMHSA’s first inaugural Mayor’s Challenge. Mayor Goodman was one of the first Mayors out of the seven cities selected to ACCEPT the Challenge!

Contact Las Vegas Mayor’s Challenge Team:
Julie Peacock, City of Las Vegas
Phone: (702) 229-1298
Email: jpeacock@lasvegasnevada.gov

Join the Team’s Monthly Meeting’s: The 3rd Monday of every month, 9:00 am -11:00 am

** COVID-19 all monthly in-person meetings have been suspended until further notice. Please contact Julie to receive dial-in instructions for monthly meeting access.

Truckee Meadows Mayors’ Challenge Team

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) selected Reno to be one of the next seven cities to participate in the 2019 Mayor’s Challenge. SAMHSA asked Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) to lead the 2019 Mayor’s Challenge Team and continue to build and grow the success of the Las Vegas Teams efforts to fight against suicide amongst SMVF. NDVS requested City of Sparks, our neighboring city to join the team. Team members voted unanimously to be called the Truckee Meadows Mayors’ Challenge Team. We are proud and honored to have our neighboring Tribal Citizens, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony represented and their partnership and collaboration on our team.

Contact Truckee Meadows Team:
Councilman Paul Anderson, City of Sparks
Phone: (775) 530-5066
Email: panderson@cityofsparks.us  

Join the Team’s Monthly Meeting’s: The 4th Thursday of every month, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

** COVID-19 all monthly in-person meetings have been suspended until further notice. Please contact Paul to receive dial-in instructions for monthly meeting access.