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.
America’s religious leaders are working towards being more cognizant of mental health issues. This past month, a mental health advisory group (led by Dr. Frank Page) developed a number of proposals to help Southern Baptist congregation members and their families deal with mental health issues.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has launched a new social media campaign to collect and disseminate Affordable Care Act success stories.
A study from Johns Hopkins University suggests that the usage of Talk Therapy reduces the risk of dying by suicide among high risk groups.
Perry Renshaw, a neuroscientist at the University of Utah, has spent the last six years investigating the effect that altitude may have on the mental health of Utah residents.
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.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee met on Wednesday to discuss issues with children’s mental health in Native American and Alaskan Native communities.
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.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee met on Wednesday, November 19, to discuss issues with children’s mental health in Native American and Alaskan Native communities. Most of the discussion focused on prevention, and treatment of childhood trauma, but also included an examination of the rising suicide rate among Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.
On Wednesday, November 19, AFSP attended the US Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing dedicated to examining suicide among veterans.
A new study released yesterday in the JAMA Psychiatry journal could prove to be a useful tool in identifying the risk for suicide among America’s military.