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.

AFSP Gears Up for Open Enrollment

11/12/2014

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

11/10/2014

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

11/09/2014

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.

Firearm Safety Advocates Win Over NH Firearm Retailers on Suicide Prevention

10/30/2014

Following a spate of suicides in 2009 in New Hampshire involving recently-purchased firearms, the New Hampshire Firearm Safety Coalition initiated a study of the problem and discussed ways in which it could be addressed. Composed of firearms retailers, other firearms rights advocates, and suicide prevention experts, the coalition identified all commercial firearm retailers in the state and conducted structured interviews to discuss the role of firearm access in suicide prevention and obtain input on draft campaign materials.