The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) is a part of a nationwide State-Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program.
At AFSP, we work hard every day to create a world in which people no longer die by suicide. Making sure that federal laws and policies serve that end is one of our most important goals.
Suicide is personal and complicated. We do know, however, that public policies ensuring access to support and care for those who experience mental disorders, including veterans, is critical to reducing the number of suicides.
Changing federal policy isn’t easy, but it is possible and it is important. The links below share AFSP’s federal legislative and regulatory priorities, which the AFSP Board of Directors updates each year based on recommendations from our Public Policy Council.
Suicide rates among military personnel are at all-time highs. Veterans comprise 20% of the suicides in the U.S. annually.
AFSP urges Congress to oppose all attempts to reverse health care reform and its provisions for mental health parity. We support full implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act signed into law in 2008.