Suicide Prevention and Support

If you are having thoughts of suicide, please contact the crisis line for immediate help.

Contact Us

Codie Marie Garza MSPH

Suicide Prevention Program Manager
Veteran Services, Counseling & Wellness

Office: (360) 522-2894
Email: codie.garza@dva.wa.gov

Suicide Prevention and Support Team

Suicide Prevention Toolkit

Visit our Suicide Prevention Toolkit to learn more about resources and materials to help those in crisis. 

How to get involved

Providing data or program support to Suicide Prevention Plan – email us at connect@dva.wa.gov

Statistics

Published statewide plan with 3 Priorities:

1)  Identify SMVF and Screen for Suicide Risk

2)   Promote Connectedness and Improve Care Transitions

3)   Increase Lethal Means Safety and Safety Planning

As of July 1, 2021 - 4 new hires added to Suicide Prevention Peer Specialist Team – 1 Lead Suicide Prevention Peer Specialist and 3 Regional Suicide Prevention Specialists (King County, Olympia, and E WA)

7 Veteran’s LEARN workshops completed with a total of 129 participants

8 Governor’s Challenge Team meetings held

15 SAMHSA/VA Community of Practice meetings

Assisted 2 SMVFs in crisis by referring to community resources

Initiate and/or completed 14 of 20 objectives in the WA State SMVF Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan 21-23

Held 1 statewide suicide prevention virtual event – “Together Washington”

Provided subject matter expert consultation for WA Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention at 3 virtual events:

National Level (1) – SAMHSA/VA Implementation Academy 2022

State Level (1) – Law Enforcement and Mental Health Task Force

Local Level (1) – South Sound Community and Military Partnerships

Suicide has been an ongoing battle for the Veteran community. Many of our Service Members, Veterans, and their family members find themselves in unbearable pain, feeling disconnected from their own community. Through connection, your WDVA Suicide Prevention Program aims to improve self-efficacy and hope. Washington State is home to many resources for the Service Members, Veterans, and their families; therefore, our goal is to develop a strong network to sincerely support and guide those in need.

In effort to connect the community, your WDVA will: 

  1. Create an advisory committee to include federal, state, and local organizations dedicated to helping Service Members, Veterans, and their families.
  2. Host and attend events to provide education about suicide and prevention materials in the veteran community.
  3. Host community listening sessions to better understand the unique needs of our community.
  4. Establish a strong peer network of volunteers to navigate Service Members, Veterans, and their families in a time of need.

If you are a provider or a non-profit organization that serves service members, veterans, and/or their families, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Codie Garza, for collaboration.

Learn how to donate to the Veterans and Military Members Suicide Prevention Account.

Get your Suicide Prevention License Plate Emblem today!

 

Suicide Prevention Program - Highlighting Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Programs

 

Suicide Prevention Program Partners:

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

University of Washington Forefront Suicide Prevention

Washington State Department of Health

Washington State Legislature

Washington State Health Care Authority

Heroes Homestead

Washington State Department of Licensing

Nine9Line Veteran Services

Washington Army National Guard

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Washington Air National Guard

SAMHSA/SMVF TA Center

Suquamish Tribe

Providence Medical Group

Makah Nation

Psych Armor Institute

Department of Defense

Rocky Mountain MIRECC

Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness – JBLM

ETS Sponsorship