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.
Around the country, millions of Americans must decide by tonight at midnight if they will keep their health insurance they purchased in the first year of the Affordable Care Act, or if they want to switch to a new plan starting in January of 2015.
Under the 2015 defense spending bill that Congress sent to President Barack Obama last week, Military personnel who are facing dishonorable discharges will have their cases reviewed by at least one mental-health professional.
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, AFSP Vice President of Public Policy John Madigan attended and spoke out in support of inclusion of provisions of the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.
In Yesterday’s The Washington Post, Suzanne Allard Livingstone discussed the rising rates of suicide among the Elderly.
Depression in older adults is often undiagnosed, reports today’s Washington Post. Many baby boomers will present depressive symptoms later in life, when the illness offers challenges that are specific to that age group.
Federal officials announced on Wednesday that spending on health by the government, households, and businesses grew at the slowest rate since the 1960s.
In a special issue of Psychological Services, published by the American Psychological Association, researchers found that providing primary care services that take into account an individual’s language and cultural background can improve access to mental health care for ethnic minorities.
On Monday December 1st, 2014 New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced a $130 million plan to break the pattern of mentally ill individuals cycling in and out of jail.
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.