Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), on behalf of the Office of the Governor, leads Texas’ efforts to carry out the National Strategy to Prevent Veteran Suicides (National Strategy). The Governor’s Challenge advances a public health approach to suicide prevention by bringing together stakeholders from across the state to identify actions and take steps to prevent Veteran suicides. The Governor’s Challenge team receives support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which includes technical assistance, consultation with subject matter experts, and sharing of best practices and innovations with other teams across the nation.
For more information about Veteran suicide prevention, please visit the VA’s website using this link.
If you, or a veteran you are concerned for, are in crisis please call the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255, press 1) or click the image, below.
Current and prior Governor’s Challenge participants are listed. Many of these entities provide resources for veterans and their families, directly or indirectly.
- American Legion- Texas
- Catholic Charities of Central Texas
- City of Austin Mayor’s Office
- City of Houston Mayor’s Office
- Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
- Office of the Attorney General
- Office of the Governor/Governor’s Committee to Support the Military
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission
- Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations
- Texas Department of Agriculture/Office of Rural Health
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice
- Texas Department of Information Resources
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Military Department
- Texas State Rifle Association
- Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative
- Texas Veterans Commission
- Texas Workforce Commission
- Veterans Affairs
- Veteran County Service Officer Association of Texas
- Veterans of Foreign Wars - Texas
- Wounded Warrior Project