Executive Order 13861
Executive Order 13861
On March 5, 2019, the President signed Executive Order 13861, establishing a three-year effort known as the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS). PREVENTS created an inter-agency Task Force to lead the development and implementation of a national, comprehensive roadmap to change how our nation treats mental health and understands suicide prevention. The PREVENTS objective is to change the culture around mental health and prevent suicide — among not just Veterans but all Americans.
Executive Order 13861: President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS), is a call to action to amplify and accelerate the progress in addressing the Veteran suicide epidemic in our nation. While there have been other efforts to address suicide prevention, this is a cabinet-level, inter-agency effort charged with developing the first federally coordinated national public health strategy to address suicide.
The PREVENTS Roadmap
The PREVENTS Roadmap contains research, strategies, and recommendations to inform both the public and private sectors in their efforts. We all have a role to play in combatting the national tragedy of suicide, and we all can make a difference.
The PREVENTS Roadmap has been created with one mission in mind: to end a national tragedy of suicide. Yes, the mission is complex and audacious, but it is achievable. We are seeking to reach every corner of our nation, leaving no one behind. We believe that everyone is within reach. The PREVENTS initiative will elevate the national conversation around mental health and suicide, build on existing best practices, and expand on the impressive research and programs underway in our communities. We will ensure that our nation’s Veterans — and all Americans — know that there is help and hope for those who need it. Together, we will end this tragedy of suicide.
There are three deliverables tied to the implementation of EO 13861:
- The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (the Roadmap)
- A legislative proposal consisting of recommendations for grants to increase capacity for communities to collaborate and integrate Veteran service delivery and
- A National Research Strategy. This document, the Roadmap, is the first deliverable of EO 13861. Specific recommendations aligned with deliverables 2 and 3 of the EO are incorporated into the Roadmap.
For media inquiries, please contact WeArePREVENTS@va.gov.
View and download the Roadmap below.
The PREVENTS Roadmap
Supplemental Materials for the Roadmap
The Supplemental Materials for the Roadmap (SMR) includes over 150 goals and objectives that provide more detail to the Roadmap overall recommendations.
For more information on the specifics of the proposed grant program and to find the full presentation of the National Research Strategy, please refer to the Supplemental Materials for the Roadmap, developed during the process of creating the Roadmap.
|1. Create and implement a national public health campaign focused on suicide prevention for Veterans and all Americans.|
|2. Identify and prioritize suicide surveillance and research that focuses on a Veteran’s unique combination of individual, relationship, community, and societal factors to deliver the most effective intervention(s) tailored to meet their needs and circumstances.|
|3. Promote foundational changes to the way research is conducted — including improving the speed and accuracy with which research is translated into practice, improving efficiency through data sharing and data curation practices, and using innovative funding techniques to drive team science and reproducibility.|
|4. Develop effective partnerships across government agencies and nongovernment entities and organizations to increase capacity and impact of programs and research to empower Veterans and prevent suicide.|
|5. Encourage employers and academic institutions to provide and integrate comprehensive mental health and wellness practices and policies into their culture and systems.|
|6. Provide and promote comprehensive suicide prevention trainings across professions.|
|7. Identify, evaluate, and promote community-based models effectively implementing evidence-informed mental health and suicide prevention programs across the country. In doing so, leverage relationships with community-based efforts, non-profit organizations, faith-based communities, and VSOs/MSOs focused on saving the lives of Veterans.|
|8. Increase implementation of programs focused on lethal means safety (e.g., voluntary reduction of access to lethal means by individuals in crisis, free/inexpensive and easy/safe storage options).|
|9. Develop a coordinated, inter-agency federal funding mechanism to support, resource, and facilitate the implementation of successful evidence-informed mental health and suicide prevention programs focused on Veterans and their communities at the state and local level.|
|10. Streamline access to innovative suicide prevention programs and interventions by expanding the network of qualified health care providers.|