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.

AFSP Attends Launch of New Suicide Safe App


On March 11th, 2015, AFSP Manager of Public Policy, Trevor Summerfield, and AFSP Public Policy Associates, Tracy Kamen and Stefanie Newman, attended the SAMHSA Suicide Safe Press Conference at the National Press Club where the Suicide Safe App was publicly launched.

Blocking the Paths to Suicide


Cathy Barber, the director of the Means Matters campaign at Harvard Injury Control Research Center, challenges the notion that suicide prevention in terms of individual risk is the most effective way to prevent people from ending their own lives.

PATH to Better Mental Health for Students


The United Way of Sheboygan County (UWSC) in Wisconsin is developing a plan to address access, education, and coordination in mental health services, as requested at the Community Conversation about Mental Health and Alcohol & Drug Abuse in March of 2014.

AFSP Attends Health and Human Services Update Event on Post Health Insurance Open Enrollment at the White House


White House Photo 1 3-9-15

AFSP Vice President of Public Policy, John Madigan, and Manager of Federal Policy, Trevor Summerfield, attended an event at the White House on Monday, March 9, 2015. The event, hosted by the Health and Human Services Department, provided an update on health insurance open enrollment. Officials from the White House and Health and Human Services Department thanked groups like AFSP for their ongoing work to ensure people across the country enroll for health insurance coverage.  

Mental Health Week at Princeton University


For four years, the annual Mental Health Week has taken place at Princeton University, containing workshops, the Me Too Monologues, and the Dear World Photography project.