Policy News & Updates

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.

Subway Barriers Can Save Lives


Between 2001 and 2012, an average of 134 people were hit by subway trains in New York annually, and 41 killed, according to New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Around a third of those are classified as suicide attempts.

AFSP Attends "Bringing New Cures to People with Chronic Conditions" Briefing


On November 18, 2014 AFSP Public Policy Associates Paul Almeida and Andrew Douglas attended a congressional briefing, sponsored jointly by the National Health Council (of which AFSP is a proud member) and the office of Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ), on the The MODDERN Cures Act – Bringing New Cures to People with Chronic Conditions

AFSP Gears Up for Open Enrollment


On November 12, 2014 AFSP’s Vice President of Public Policy John Madigan and Public Policy Associate Paul Almeida attended the last Affordable Care Act Patient Advocacy Meeting before the start of this year’s open enrollment period this Saturday Nov. 15, 2014.

VA Secretary Announces Restructuring


On Monday, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald announced that the department is undergoing ‘the largest restructuring in the department’s history’.

Yochi Dreazen contributes to Washington Post's "5 Myths" Series


In recognition of Veterans’ Day, Yochi Dreazen (Managing Editor at Foreign Policy, and author of ‘The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War’) has contributed a piece to The Washington Post as part of the newspaper’s ongoing ‘5 myths’ series.