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Saturday, August 25, 2018
Ride to Zero: Veteran Suicide Prevention Fundraiser Ride and Concert
The Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association, in conjunction with the University of Utah’s National Center for Veteran Studies (NCVS), present the third annual Ride to Zero.
Over 20 Veterans per day take their own life. Our goal is to make that number ZERO. All proceeds from this event will go to further research and sponsor treatment for veterans through the NCVS.
The National Center for Veteran Studies has the premiere program in the United States for at-risk veterans. With a proven 60% reduction in suicide attempts among military personnel who go through the program, it’s the first and only intervention proven to prevent suicidal behavior among military personnel and veterans. The NCVS is also a national leader in the development and implementation of new methods for detecting and reaching out to at-risk military personnel and veterans who would otherwise be missed by existing prevention efforts.
Ride to Zero has averaged over $30K each year in support of veteran suicide prevention, which has funded numerous studies, facilitated treatment, and has helped veterans in Utah and across the country to live lives worth living. This year, with your help, our goal is to raise over $50K.
Date and time: Entry:
$30 per person pre registration.
$35 day of the event
Sign up now @ – www.Ridetozero.com
Date and time:
Saturday, August 25, 2018 (all day event)
Registration, free lunch catered by Sean’s BBQ and Smoke House, activities: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Kick Stands Up: 2:00 PM
Event & Concert Location:
Leatherheads Sports Bar & Grill
12101 S. Factory Outlet Drive, Draper, UT 84020
The American Hitmen
So, where does your money go?
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Ride to Zero attracted more than 300 riders and raised in over $30,000, each year. 100% of the proceeds from Ride to Zero go directly to NCVS to fund suicide prevention research and outreach. When you participate in, or donate to, the Ride to Zero every dollar raised directly affects the lives of those who’ve served.
Specifically, donations from RTZ 2015, 2016 and 2017 have been used to support a statewide needs assessment survey to identify the most important risk factors for suicide and other mental health issues among National Guard and Reserve personnel and their families. No one has really ever assessed the needs of family members before, to see how spouses might be influencing/impacting each other’s health and well-being.
Some funds have gone to support a statewide peer support program for the Utah National Guard that was rolled out in January 2016. The peer support program is called Utah Comrades, and is one component of a larger program NCVS is creating called VETS-Utah. As a part of this rollout, NCVS conducted a statewide needs assessment survey of National Guard and reserve personnel. This survey helped to identify the greatest needs of National Guard and Reserve personnel in Utah, and which factors are most strongly associated with suicide risk.
NCVS has recently teamed up with the National Ability Center to offer a 2 week program free of charge for military personnel with PTSD and their families to stay in Park City, receive empirically based treatment, and enjoy the natural wonders Utah has to offer.
Other projects the NCVS has been working:
Completed studies that have started to uncover *why* their treatment works to reduce suicidal behavior.
Expanded their ability to offer no-cost therapy to service members with PTSD and suicidal ideation.
Completed a study in which they were able to identify several “signatures” of eventual death by suicide based on social media posts. Critically, the method suggests we can not only determine if someone is likely to die by suicide, but we can also approximate how far out the suicide death is (e.g., 6 months in the future, 1 month in the future, 1 week in the future, etc.).
Developing new ways to help figure out when someone is going to die by suicide. Most researchers have been focused on determining *who* will die by suicide, but haven’t really made much headway in determining *when* someone will die by suicide (e.g., Why does someone die on Monday instead of Sunday?). This is especially important because knowing when suicide is likely to occur would enable us to better match life-saving interventions to the service member’s needs.
Recently demonstrated that effectively treating a service member for PTSD reduces their risk for suicide.
Building a new nationwide training program for mental health professionals so they can learn how to deliver the therapies NCVS is developing.
Started to uncover how military sexual trauma can affect men differently than women.
Started a new study in January in which they will bring in National Guard and reserve married couples to determine how their communication patterns affects their mental health and well-being.