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Suicide Prevention

The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs is excited to participate in and oversee the operations of the Oklahoma Governor’s Challenge.

The Oklahoma Governor’s Challenge is our state’s effort to reduce and hopefully eliminate suicide for Oklahoma’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.  This effort is a national collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the SMVF TA (Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance) Center, and multiple other states and cities across the country.

Our mission is to build community partnerships and collaborations in order to help create ease of access to care and resources, identify gaps in our communities, and to implement statewide efforts to show we are fighting for those who so willingly fought for us.  Through these efforts, we hope to streamline care and resources for service members across the state.

Governor Stitt was also the first Governor to sign the PREVENTS (the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide) Proclamation.  This makes Oklahoma the first state to combine the President’s initiative with the National Governor’s Challenge model.  We are thankful that Governor Stitt has taken the time to make both of these efforts a priority in Oklahoma.

What happens if a Veteran or Service Member is overseas?

The Veterans Crisis Line’s 9-8-8 number is partnered with SAMHSA’s Lifeline network and is, therefore, a Continental United States (CONUS)-based toll free number that remains active. As such, some international calls may incur a charge, depending upon the caller’s location and network provider.

Nonetheless, a Veteran overseas may contact the Veterans Crisis Line via the chat modality at:

If the Veteran prefers a phone call, they can request this within the chat venue. A Veterans Crisis Line responder will call them at the number they provide at no charge to the Veteran.

For active-duty personnel ( the Veterans Crisis Line is available in:

• Europe, call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118.

• Korea, call 080-855-5118 or DSN 118.

• Afghanistan, call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111.

• Philippines, call #MYVA or 02-8550-3888 and press 7


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Last Modified on May 15, 2023
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