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 Defense Spending Bill Puts Experts on Discharge Boards


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. 

Depression in Seniors Often Untreated


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.

Clergy Addresses Mental Health Needs


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.