Governor Sisolak Signs Two Proclamations Committing Full Support for Suicide Prevention in Nevada

September 9, 2020
Meghin Delaney
Communications Director

Governor Sisolak Signs Two Proclamations Committing Full Support for Suicide Prevention in Nevada

(Carson City, Nev.) – Today, Governor Steve Sisolak signed two proclamations related to suicide prevention in the State of Nevada.

The first proclamation declares September 2020 as suicide prevention month in Nevada. Additionally, Gov. Sisolak signed the PREVENTS proclamation, committing Nevada’s full support for the implementation of the PREVENTS ‘Roadmap’ to help identify veterans and other residents in need of care; develop best practices around mental health; prioritize mental health in the workplace; and promote the REACH National Public Health Campaign through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that seeks to increase awareness of mental health issues and suicide prevention.

As the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, suicide is a national public health challenge, and the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 35. On average, 129 Americans die by suicide each day accounting for 47,173 suicide deaths in 2017. The national number of veteran and military suicides has exceeded 6,000 each year from 2008-2017.

“With the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention’s leadership on suicide prevention efforts in our state, I am signing the PREVENTS proclamation to commit Nevada’s full support to both this national and statewide effort,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “The State of Nevada has demonstrated its commitment to end the tragedy of suicide among veterans and their families by actively participating in the Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide, as well as four separate Mayors’ Challenges to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families in Las Vegas, the Truckee Meadows, Elko and Winnemucca.”

By participating in the VA’s Governor’s Challenge program, the State of Nevada is working to bring together interagency teams to address veteran suicide at the state level. Last month, Nevada was invited to participate in the Governor’s Challenge Community Expansion Project eventmarking the growth in Nevada to rural areas in this national suicide prevention program sponsored by the VA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), with technical assistance from the Governor’s Challenge To Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance Center (TA).

On March 5, 2019, the President signed Executive Order 13861 calling 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, and this plan is known as the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide or PREVENTS (the ‘Roadmap’).

If you are a veteran in crisis, please call the Veterans Crisis Call Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.

If you are not a veteran, but are in crisis, please call Crisis Support Services of Nevada at 775-784-8090.

NDVS is dedicated to helping Nevada veterans get the services, benefits and quality of life they deserve. In addition to offering benefits counseling and assistance, which includes filing VA claims at no cost, NDVS manages the Northern and Southern Nevada State Veterans Homes and Veterans Memorial Cemeteries. For more information, please visit

Contacts at NDVS:

Julie Dudley, Communications Director

Kim Donohue, Suicide Prevention Program Manager and Nevada Governor’s Challenge Team Lead

KNPR’s State of Nevada: Pandemic Adding To Depression, Challenges Of Suicide Prevention

Be sure to listen to this KNPR episode featuring Rick Egan, state suicide prevention expert, Frank Hawk, regional vice president, United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Jason Lamberth, Southern Nevada regional director, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and Sydney Smith, therapist. 

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21 Days to Be Kind Challenge 2020



The City  joins Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation for its second annual 21 Days to Be Kind Challenge to encourage young people, families and teachers to build habits that foster kindness and wellness in the community. Inspired by the idea that habits are formed by repeating an activity for 21 consecutive days, the challenge calls on participants to practice an act of kindness each day from Sept. 1 to 21. The challenge, which will culminate on the International Day of Peace, is an opportunity for communities to establish kinder habits and to foster a spirit of compassion and action. Download the city’s #BeKind21 calendar. To take the pledge and learn more, visit


Please share this email with any parties that may be interested in participating. If you would like to join the conversation, please be sure to the hashtag #BeKind21 and #StrongFutureLV and don’t forget to tag the city of Las Vegas through the following icons!

Thank you in advance for helping us cultivate kindness in our community and world.

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NARCAN Campaign 2020


Officers Carrying NARCAN® Create the Pathway to Recovery.

Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Saves a Life Using NARCAN®.

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LIMA Program 2020

Learn more about the free LIMA (Law Enforcement Intervention for Mental Health and Addiction) Program, and be sure to share with the community.

Law Enforcement Intervention for Mental Health and Addiction

Ready Responders Information 2020

Be sure to share the Ready Responders contact information with your friends, family, and community.

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