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Second Lady announces role as lead ambassador for PREVENTS

Photo Credit: Carolyn Kaster / AP file

Second Lady Karen Pence announced her new lead role as ambassador for PREVENTS, a task force created by the president to prevent suicide among veterans and all Americans. 

“More than ever before, we need to come together as individuals, families, and as a nation to pay attention to our emotional well-being during the COVID-19 crisis,” Pence said.

“This is as critical as washing our hands, maintaining physical distance, and other measures that help prevent the spread of this deadly virus.”

PREVENTS was launched on March 5, 2019, through an executive order signed by President Trump. It seeks to “change how our nation treats mental health and understands suicide prevention” through the execution of a national public health campaign. 

Over the past several weeks, President Trump has warned that the economic effects of the current health crisis could lead to deaths “in far greater numbers than the numbers that we’re talking about with regard to the virus.”

“COVID-19 has impacted the mental health of many people and #MoreThanEverBefore we must take care of ourselves and one another,” Pence wrote in a tweet Friday. 

To learn more about PREVENTS, click here.

Photo Credit: Carolyn Kaster / AP file

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