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. 

You can download the episode here:

NASW: Making a Difference in Suicide Prevention

This is a presentation from veteran MSWs attending NASW 2020. It offers key insights into youth suicide.

Research and presentation done by Dr. Jonathan Springer.

Kevin Hines On CBS Sunday Morning

Please watch and share this excellent segment on CBS Sunday morning!  Kevin Hines is featured, along with research discussing the importance of showing people “you care” in preventing suicide.

Kevin Hines is a walking miracle, having jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. But what might have kept him from jumping at all could have been something as simple as getting a letter in the mail. One psychiatrist’s long-forgotten idea about giving support to those hospitalized or treated for depression or attempting suicide is being revived, and is finding positive results in an era of texting. Lee Cowan reports.
[If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.]

Christian Everett Interview with Millennials in Motion

Christian Everett shared an interview he had with Millennial Magazine Podcast:

Our second Conversations with the Community podcast, where Angel gets to sit down with Christian from Gears for Life to discuss the very important topics of suicide prevention awareness, as well as depression and mental health in general! We had an amazing discussion with Christian so this one is a long one, but we hope you will enjoy it! We’ll try to separate this podcast into sections at a later time! Please check out Gears for Life at the following links!… Want to be a part of our journey and help us grow? Support us on Patreon! Like what we do?

Follow us on: Facebook: @millennialsinmotionmag | Instagram: @millennialsinmotionmag | Twitter: @MiMMagMain

Check out our website and #GetinMotion at!

KNPR’s State of Nevada – Suicide Prevention Efforts Face Unique Challenges In Nevada– KNPR’s State of Nevada

Suicide Prevention Efforts Face Unique Challenges In Nevada

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Suicide prevention advocates send a message during the 2016 Walk in Memory — Walk for Hope at Miller Middle School in Henderson.

Nevada has one of the highest suicide rates in the country — and there are many reasons why.

A sprawling state full of newcomers from many different cultures and speaking many different languages presents challenges to those who work to prevent suicide. As a result, more Nevadans die at their own hands than are killed in homicides or car accidents.

Suicide Prevention Week is marked in September, and the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention and the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention have planned a series of events around the state, including two in Southern Nevada, to raise awareness of the issue.

Misty Allen is the head of the state’s suicide prevention office. She said there is a stigma around suicide so much so that in some languages there isn’t even a word for it.

But she believes the stigma around suicide is lifting and more people are talking about it.

“I think the dialogue is shifting,” she said, “We’re out there. We’re increasing our collaboration our training core so that stigma is reducing.”

She said for the first time Nevada is out of the top ten states for suicides, but she says there is more to do. Allen said there are more programs, improved protocols, and better education and screening.

“We’re seeing a continuum of care that is consistently improving,” she said, “We have a long way to go without a doubt but it is getting better.”

Assemblyman Chris Edwards is a former member of the military and has worked to pass laws to help service members who might be suicidal.

He said AB105, which was passed this past legislative session, is one of those laws.

Under AB105, anyone with a health care license must get training for suicide prevention. Edwards said most people who commit suicide see a health care provider in the weeks leading up to the suicide.

“If the doctors and the nurses and the psychiatrist are a little more in tune they might be the ones who catch the signal and save a life,” he said.

Besides helping doctors, nurses and other health care professionals look for people who might be suicidal. The state has also reached out to places where people in crisis could get their hands on a gun.

Richard Egan is the state’s suicide prevention training coordinator. For the past four years, he has gone to gun shops, shows and ranges to talk to employees, sellers and gun enthusiasts.

He said some people think it might be a difficult conversation to have but giving gun shop and gun range employees training on the signs of someone in a life crisis could save a life.

“Can you imagine somebody going to a gun shop or shooting range to find a way to end their life and instead of finding a way to end their life, they can get connected to community resources to help them save their life,” Egan said.

He said most people who are suicidal are looking for help and just want someone to offer it. He said it is a matter of someone asking the simple question, “Is everything okay? Are you thinking about ending your life?”

Nevada has unique challenges when it comes to suicide prevention, including the rural landscape, a transient population, a doctor shortage and a potentially problematic activity on every corner.

When the fun ends and gambling becomes a problem, it could be a factor in a person’s downward spiral.

Sydney Smith is a therapist who specializes in problem gambling. She said people get a sense of hopelessness especially when the financial wreckage from problem gambling takes years to unravel.

“Often times these situations can cause a lot of helplessness and hopelessness in a person and suicide can appear to the only way out, which it is not,” she said.

Smith said she always asks someone who has come to her for help if he or she has contemplated suicide. If he or she answers ‘yes,’ she then follows up with a question about whether he or she has a plan. She said just because someone has thought about it doesn’t mean they’ll act on it, but it is important to talk about it.

Talking about suicide is what helped Chantal Corcoran get help for her teenage son, who told her he was thinking about killing himself.

Corcoran talked to KNPR’s State of Nevada about what her family went through and she wrote an article about it for Desert Companion magazine, which is published by Nevada Public Radio.

After trying for weeks to find help for her son, she finally put him a facility where he received medication to help with his depression, but he didn’t receive the counseling he needed.

Eventually, Corcoran took her son to California to receive help. He is now doing much better and has become an advocate for suicide prevention.

Corcoran advises people in a situation similar to hers to never give up looking for help.

“I’m sorry you’re going through that because it is a very, very difficult thing,” she said, “But more than anything, you have to stay strong for your children, keep talking and find the help. Keep looking for the help.”

On Saturday morning the coalition will host the 11th Annual Walk in Memory — Walk for Hope at Bob Miller Middle School in Henderson. The coalition event offers support to those affected by suicide as well as raises funds for various suicide prevention programs in communities and resources throughout the state.

Similar walks are planned for Saturday in Reno, Carson City, Elko, Mesquite, and throughout rural Nevada.

On Sunday at 6:30 p.m., “Yoga for a Cause” on the Lawn at Downtown Summerlin will raise funds and awareness for the suicide prevention cause.

Coalition member, Strip performer and Yoga for a Cause creator Amelia Bruff, has selected teen suicide prevention as the cause for this year’s event.

“Yoga is the kind of upstream activity that shows people how to counter stress before it reaches a crisis,” said Bruff, who appears in “Le Rêve – The Dream” at Wynn Las Vegas. “Also, yoga is an effective way to reach teen girls, who make up one of the fastest-growing demographics of suicide victims.”

From Desert Companion: Relationship: It takes a village


If you or someone you know is in crisis call the national hotline:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention

Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Mobile Crisis Response Team – Hotline: South: 702-486-7865 or North: 775-688-1670

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

De Prevencion del Suicido – 1-888-628-9454

Crisis Call Center – Text Line – Text – “Listen” to 839863