AFSP, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Calls on Congress to Participate in Veterans Day Video Campaign

11/05/2013

AFSP, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Calls on Congress to Participate in Veterans Day Video Campaign

AFSP and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention have invited members of Congress and their staff to participate in a video campaign in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.

AFSP and the Action Alliance want you to know that help begins with a conversation and you can help start it. It is important to let our veterans and their families who may be struggling know there is hope and that suicide is preventable.

To raise awareness for suicide prevention among our veterans and their families, AFSP is creating a video campaign. The video will feature members of Congress or their staff who film short videos encouraging veterans in crisis to seek help. We asked for their contribution as follows:

That members of Congress or their staff record a 30-second video encouraging veterans to reach out for help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or visiting the Veterans Crisis Line website.  

Recommended script: “Hi I am “Senator/Representative [Last Name] and/or I am [First/Last Name] in the office of Senator/Representative [Last Name]. On this Veterans Day I want to send a message to all of our brave men and women who may be struggling with depression or PTSD—You are not alone. Help is available. Please call 800-273-8255 and press “1” or visit veteranscrisisline.net to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”

Their participation in this campaign will go a long way toward preventing suicide among our nation’s veterans. Once completed we hope that members of Congress and their staff will help us promote the video via social media using #VeteransDay to further expand its reach.

AFSP thanks everyone who participates in advance for their support and we hope that members of Congress and their staff will consider being part of our Veterans Day campaign.

For further information, please contact Trevor Summerfield, AFSP’s manager of federal policy, at tsummerfield@afsp.org or (202) 449-3600 Ext. 102.