Hope for the Warriors and PREVENTS team up to address suicide

Julia LeDoux
September 22, 2020 - 8:12 am

Hope For The Warriors

A national nonprofit has teamed up with the PREVENTS Task Force to advance and improve mental health and suicide prevention efforts for service members, veterans and their families through its programing.

Hope for the Warriors was founded in 2006 on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina by military families that witnessed, firsthand, the effects of war on themselves and their community, said CEO/President and co-founder Robin Kelleher. 

“It was all military spouses who founded the organization,” she explained. “We continued to grow the organization because as military spouses continued to move to their next duty station, we were able to build footprints in the most important parts of the country.”

Kelleher said the organization has so far served more than 30,000 service members, veterans and military families through a comprehensive approach to well-being focused on clinical health and wellness; sports and recreation; and transitional services.

“Those are the things that get challenged when you are in times of trauma, when you are in times of combat, when you are in times of transition, when you are separated, when you are isolated, all the things the country is experiencing right now,” she added.

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On March 5, President Donald Trump signed an executive order known as the President’s Roadmap to Empower and End a National Tragedy of Suicide to empower veterans and lower the suicide rate through the development and implementation of a national public health roadmap.

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With a shared goal of improving veterans’ well-being, the two organizations’ objectives include extending the reach and dissemination of suicide prevention protocols and tools to educate healthcare professionals; expanding the reach of complementary educational resources; reducing the burden of suicide by increasing awareness about mental health and suicide prevention and empowering individuals to play a role in prevention.

“Our mission is to prevent the thought of suicide from becoming the act,” explained Kelleher.

Special programming includes increasing resiliency in the military community as a suicide prevention tool.

“We must continue to strengthen the resiliency of military families because they are the hope of the rest of the general population,” she said.

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