AUSTIN (Nexstar) — The Texas State Rifle Association is joining the Texas Suicide Prevention Council to work on the implementation of the Texas State Plan for Suicide Prevention.
The plan, adopted by the council in October 2018, outlines state specific recommendations and strategies to prevent suicides. One of the goals outlined in the plan is to promote efforts to reduce access to lethal means of suicide among individuals and groups with identified suicide risk.
“Partnering with the Texas State Rifle Association creates new opportunities to expand this awareness and to communicate the steps we can all take to make our homes and communities suicide safer,” said Troy Bush-DiDonato, Co-Chair of the Texas Suicide Prevention Council.
Strategies related to the goal include developing and implementing pilot community projects to promote gun safety and suicide safe homes using national recommendations.
Victoria Huyge, executive director of the Texas State Rifle Association, says members have participated with the council for several years on different initiatives. Mike Cox, also with the Texas State Rifle Association, previously worked with the council and other experts to create the council’s Suicide Safer Homes guidelines and mobile app.
The council provides free online suicide prevention awareness training for Texans and the program has reached more than 11,000 people.