February 18, 2023
"Projects designed to scour a veteran’s digital footprint for clues on what contributed to their taking their own lives and to provide Native American veterans with mental health counseling tailored to their cultures won the top prize in the Department of Veterans Affairs' "grand challenge" aimed at finding new approaches to suicide prevention.
Stop Soldier Suicide's Black Box Project and Televeda's Project Hózhó will each get $3 million to continue their development, courtesy of the VA's Mission Daybreak program. Three other projects won the second-place prize of $1 million, and five third-place winners will each get $500,000."
"Reporters covering this issue can download VA's Safe Messaging Best Practices fact sheet or visit ReportingOnSuicide.org for important guidance on how to communicate about suicide.
Learn more about Project Hózhó
Televeda's mission is to reduce social isolation and loneliness by building and supporting growing virtual communities. Founded in 2018 and based in Arizona, we serve people in more than 26 states, partner with over 125 community-based organizations, and have delivered thousands of hours of programming to bring people together, regardless of age, digital literacy, physical ability, or location.
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