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.

New Video: Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights

10/09/2014

Schools have a responsibility to create safe learning environments for all students. When harassment is based on a protected class and creates a hostile environment, schools have an obligation under federal civil rights laws to take action. Please use the resources identified in this video to support your own efforts to address harassment and help us all build safe, supportive learning environments for our young.

Gillibrand and Velasquez Lead Brooklyn Discussion on Latina Suicide Rates

10/06/2014

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Nydia Velasquez (D- Brooklyn-Manhattan) were members of a panel discussion on October 6th. The panel also included officials from ‘Life is Precious’ a program of the Communilife group which provides assistance to immigrants and underprivileged communities.  

AFSP and The Trevor Project Engage Georgia School Psychologists in Suicide Prevention Discussion

09/30/2014

On Tuesday, September 30, Nicole Gibson (AFSP) and Jamie Woodard (The Trevor Project) led a breakout session in Savannah, GA at the Georgia Association of School Psychologists (GASP) 44th Annual Fall Conference.  The presentation, titled Gatekeeper Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training: Why We Need Legislation & How you Can Help provided background on both organizations’ missions and visions, briefly reviewed suicide risk and warning signs, and identified key tasks for schools in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. 

Colbert King: I didn’t know the woman who committed suicide, but I mourn her - Via Washington Post

09/27/2014

By Colbert I. King - Washington Post

It was so sad. I’m sure there are other words to describe what I saw Wednesday morning. But that word comes to mind.

The body was covered with a white sheet. It was lying on a grassy area beneath the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge that carries Calvert Street NW. Portions of Connecticut Avenue NW and Beach Drive were cordoned off.

The only movements were the flashing red lights of police cars and motorists directed around the scene by officers.

Coming Soon: New Suicide Prevention App From SAMHSA

09/23/2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is developing a new suicide prevention app for mobile devices, optimized for tablets. The free app called Suicide Safe will help providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and reduce suicide risk among their patients.