We are bringing together key community stakeholders who are committed to seeing the statistics of suicide reduced. By structuring partnerships with the subject matter experts of key agencies, efforts are concentrated and focused, reducing the fractured effect of multiple players. Through intentional scheduled education as well as availing online opportunities, impact is multiplied through anchored ambassadors for caregivers, veteran service organizations, first responders and churches. Our community will be the model for cities across the nation!
Charlynn Johns has over twenty years experience with the faith-based nonprofit Sunshine After Rain, a social service organization serving primarily overseas with orphans, people impacted by disabilities, trauma or war.
In 2008, she began serving returning military personnel and their families and developed the Battle-Buddy Info online directory for resources. She was named 2017 Honoree of the Year by the Greater Dallas Veterans Council for her work in the community.
David L. Whitley is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. He currently serves as Vice President of Veteran Affairs and Operations for Allies in Service.
David has over 3,000 hours of Suicide Prevention training. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
PRESIDENT VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER
Ken serves as President of Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas the social service organization and currently chairs the committee the Veterans Resource Center. He has been a stakeholder at the Dallas VA Medical Center and actively advocates on behalf of veterans receiving the healthcare and benefits they have earned. Ken is a life member of the Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and AMVets.
HHSC and the Texas Veterans commission coordinate to administer the Mental Health Program for Veterans with suicide prevention a focal point of efforts.
The Suicide Prevention Department regularly conducts community engagement initiatives as part of their ongoing efforts. Dallas responds to over 275 per month, second highest in the nation.
The Veterans Mental Health Program's mission is to train, educate in suicide prevention and provide technical assistance to Service Members, Veterans and their Families.
The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act is a key legislative step to help stem the epidemic of veteran suicide.
Metrocare Services coordinates oversight of the Military Veteran Peer Network social service organization as well as facilitating the opening of the Steven A Cohen Military Family Clinic in North Texas. Metrocare staff provide onsite training for Mental Health First Aid, educating the community in suicide prevention.
National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide has implemented a Veteran Community Action Network (VCAN) plan for champions across the nation can impact their areas by hosting workshops and training to raise suicide awareness and provide hope.