Gov. Phil Murphy, alongside Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Lisa Hou and Acting Commissioner of the Department of Human Services Sarah Adelman, announced a new “challenge” today aimed at increasing mental health awareness and reducing suicide among New Jersey’s veteran population.
The Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families, as the initiative is called, will coordinate local, state, and federal agencies around the shared mission of mitigating suicide.
“New Jersey’s veterans and service members are a source of immense pride for our state,” Murphy said in a statement. “This initiative recognizes the struggles that many of our bravest men and women face and will engage all aspects of government in meeting the challenge of preventing and reducing suicides.”