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.

Current Mental-Health Resources Fail Our Heroes - Commentary from Roll Call


In January, the Department of Veterans Affairs reported that suicide rates for younger veterans, ages 18 to 29, had increased significantly from 2009 to 2011. The suicide rate for male veterans increased by 44 percent, while the rate among female veterans increased by 11 percent.

Despite these alarming statistics, the VA found “no clear change” in the suicide rate of veterans using their own facilities.

AFSP Honors Allies in Action Award Winners


On Thursday, February 27, AFSP honored its 2014 Allies in Action Award winners at an reception held at the Reserve Officers Association's Top of the Hill Banquet and Conference Center.

Senator Mark Begich and Representative Ron Barber Push for Suicide Prevention Research


Efforts to prevent and understand the causes of suicide would be expanded under legislation introduced this week by Senator Mark Begich and Representative Ron Barber.  Begich and Barber's Suicide Prevention Research and Innovation Act (SPRINT Act) will provide funding for the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) to conduct targeted research on suicide prevention over the next five years. 

George W. Bush Institute Holds Summit on Post 9/11 Veterans


The George W. Bush Institute held a summit on February 19th, 2014 to discuss how to most effectively serve post-9/11 veterans. The event included remarks from President George W. Bush and Dr. Jill Biden, as well as a discussion between ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Gen. Peter Pace and Stephen A. Schwarzman about the unique needs of veterans; a panel that attempted to prioritize the issues of this generation of veterans, including Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Kenneth Fisher, D. Wayne Robinson and John Thiel; and a panel about the roles of the private and non-profit sectors with the Honorable Alvin Brown, Jean Case, Joe DePinto, Kent R. Hance and Jake Wood.