AFSP works hard to create a world in which people no longer die by suicide. While we understand that suicide is personal and complicated, we also know that thoughtful public policies can reduce the number of suicides.
To help make that happen, we work closely with hundreds of well-informed and passionate advocates, all committed to educating officials at every level of government about suicide, and persuading them to act.
To ensure that public officials and the general public have the information they need to make informed decisions about suicide, we provide the links below. These links will take you to news and information about advocacy efforts and public policies related to suicide prevention. The links also connect to the work we’re doing here at AFSP, in our Advocacy and Public Policy office, and to our powerful national network of suicide prevention advocates.
Mental Health Reform is now being discussed in both chambers of Congress as Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 in the Senate. The Senators held a press conference on August 4, 2015 where they discussed the need for mental health reform and described how their legislation seeks to address some of the challenges in the area of mental health.
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid last week with an event at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C. and AFSP Public Policy Associate Tim Hoffman was in attendance.
A new study by the University of Wisconsin, Madison has identified a circuit in the brain that is associated with anxious temperament, and this circuit is passed down to offspring. This new finding has the potential to create better-targeted treatments for anxiety and depression.
Suicides are the second leading cause of death in jails following natural causes. According to a 2010 study “inmates take their own lives three times more often than the average population”. 33% of inmate deaths were due to suicide from 2010-2012. While the number of jail suicides is lower that it has been in past decades this is still an important discussion because suicide is preventable and there should be policies to help prevent suicide within jails.
Recently there has been increased discussion on the use of solitary confinement within the United States prison system and whether its use is humane or beneficial. This issue has been brought to the forefront with President Barack Obama’s visit to a federal prison and his order for the Justice Department to review solitary confinement.
The University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness compiled statistics around suicide rates and show a new high-risk group: middle-aged men.
In order to raise awareness about the number of veteran suicides, 2 veterans, Daniel Egbert and Doc King, made a 22 day motorcycle journey across the United States from San Francisco to New York City.
Americans for Responsible Solutions held a panel on Wednesday July 22, 2015 to discuss the relationship between domestic abuse and gun violence.
There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, and since the early 20th century, photographers have captured “dramatic black-and-white images of the mentally ill” depicting “out-of-control – and often untreated – patients trapped in mental hospitals that were often more like prisons”. However, according to French photographer Jean-Robert Dantou, these images distorted the reality of the suffering of mentally ill.
The National Health Council (NHC) along with Avelere Health published progress reports for all 50 states that evaluate the patient-centeredness and accessibility of health insurance markets.