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.

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Approves the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act

01/21/2015

On Wednesday, January 21, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. The SAV Act is aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic that claims the lives of 22 military veterans every day. AFSP and it's network of 1,600 Field Advocates have urged the Senate to pass the bill as soon as it comes to the floor for a vote. 

Congressman to Obama: Join Us on the #Path2Cures

01/20/2015

Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued a statement concerning President Obama's upcoming State of the Union Address, and the 21st Century Curves Initiative. 

Military Suicides Remain High for Fifth Straight Year

01/14/2015

In 2014 the total number of active military service members remained virtually unchanged from 2013, remaining historically high for a fifth straight year. The Army, however, reported a decline in soldier suicides for a second straight year, going from 145 to 135.