How to Get Involved
The State of Florida Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicides Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families initiative is the result of a collaborative effort throughout the state of Florida of community-based organizations, state and local agencies, academic institutions and many others who work together to reduce suicides in Florida. Reducing suicides takes all of us, so won’t you do your part to bring our suicide numbers down to zero? Get involved; volunteer or partner with us by joining our Five Star Incentive Program today!
For Emergencies Call 911
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Call 211
Veterans Crisis Line Call 800-273-8255, Press 1
To Become a Volunteer Please Complete Watch Stander Training
The Watch Stander program mobilizes 10,000+ community members to be vigilant to the concerns of Veterans and to direct them to the support they need. To be a Watch Stander, we ask that you view two or three short training videos, explore a guide of resources available to Veterans and sign a pledge. Then we ask that you get out there – on social media, in networking groups, in person – to stand watch and to save lives. The qualification process takes just 45 minutes.
This is the first program of its kind. Its success is dependent on your participation. We have over 150,000 Veterans in Northeast Florida. They are family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. They are heroes who have risked their lives to protect our community. The least our community can do is work together to protect them.
Visit Watch Stander Training, choose your program and be redirected to a training portal developed for us by PsychArmor Institute, the nation’s leading provider of online military and Veteran culture education. Thank you for your interest in becoming a Watch Stander.
Become an Organizational Partner
Join our Five Star Incentive Program!
Take the Pledge to REACH and Support Suicide prevention
Executive Order 13861 was signed on March 5, 2019, establishing PREVENTS and 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.
Research shows that for every suicide, 135 people are personally affected — families, friends, co-workers, and community members — which means in one year, up to 6.3 million people were directly affected by suicide.
By taking this pledge, you are making a commitment to increase awareness of mental health issues in general and prevent suicide for all Americans.