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.

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


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


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.

AFSP Attends Defense Suicide Prevention Office’s 3rd Annual Orientation Day


On Tuesday, September 16th AFSP Public Policy Associates Paul Almeida and Andrew Douglas attended the Defense Suicide Prevention Office’s 3rd Annual Orientation Day. Established in November 2011, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) is part of the Department of Defense and oversees the “strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication and evaluation of DoD suicide and risk reduction programs, policies and surveillance activities.”   

State Government Leaders Recognize Suicide Prevention Week 2014


Each year in September, we recognize National Suicide Prevention Week during the week corresponding with World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10).  During this national week of recognition, AFSP joins the many other nonprofit groups, private and public organizations, and community and government leaders in engaging our communities in discussion about suicide and its prevention.  Together we highlight messages of hope – that suicide is preventable, and that there is hope for those who are struggling with mental illness or suicidal thoughts.