Policy Webinar Series

The AFSP Advocacy and Public Policy staff invite you to join us for our Policy Webinar Series. These webinars will help you to update your skills and tools so that you can more effectively advocate for suicide prevention, education, and research, and for achieving AFSP’s federal and state policy priorities.

For more information about AFSP's Policy Webinar Series, please contact us at advocacy@afsp.org.  

Open Enrollment Begins Nov 1: Learn how you or someone you know can get mental health and substance use insurance coverage

AFSP recognizes that one of the best ways to prevent suicide is by recognizing and treating depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental health conditions. There are biological and psychological treatments that can help address the underlying health issues that put people at risk for suicide. 
In order to access these treatments, millions of Americans count on quality and affordable health insurance coverage. 
This webinar is aimed to educate AFSP volunteers, staff, and the general public on the approaching open enrollment period for the insurance marketplace (Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016), and how you or someone you know can get quality, affordable mental health and substance use disorder coverage. 

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AFSP's New Volunteer Advocacy Program (Field Advocate program re-launch)

This webinar is intended for our Field Advocate audience.  Watch this webinar for a brief introduction to AFSP, to learn about the new changes ahead with the volunteer advocacy program, to learn more about the new Field Ambassador volunteer opportunity, and to preview our new online Action Center.  The webinar is in two parts:

Webinar Part One

Webinar Part Two


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Mental Health Consumer Tools - January 15, 2015

AFSP, in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health, produced mental health consumer tools that provide information regarding Mental Health Parity and how it applies to health insurance plans purchased through state exchanges and health insurance plans offered through employers.

The tools are meant to help individuals/families understand the various health insurance plans sold in the health insurance exchanges and that are sponsored by their employers, and offer advice on how to select the health coverage that best fits their individual/family mental health and or substance use needs.  

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Suicide Prevention and the 114th Congress - February 25, 2015

The AFSP Public Policy team discussed suicide prevention, mental health, and the 114th Congress. 

The webinar focused on Congressional committees that impact suicide prevention policies and funding, an introduction for advocates to the new members of the 114th Congress, and a roadmap of the federal policy action moving forward. 

Click here to view a recast of the webinar.