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.

Firearm Safety Advocates Win Over NH Firearm Retailers on Suicide Prevention


Following a spate of suicides in 2009 in New Hampshire involving recently-purchased firearms, the New Hampshire Firearm Safety Coalition initiated a study of the problem and discussed ways in which it could be addressed. Composed of firearms retailers, other firearms rights advocates, and suicide prevention experts, the coalition identified all commercial firearm retailers in the state and conducted structured interviews to discuss the role of firearm access in suicide prevention and obtain input on draft campaign materials.

Idaho Statesman Examines Mental Health Care


Boise area newspaper The Idaho Statesman is taking a detailed look at the state of mental health care across the state in special 5 part series this week.  The week-long series entitled ‘In Crisis: A Special Report on Idaho’s Fragmented Mental Health System’ is also being supported by Boise State Public Radio.  Topics of discussion in both the radio and print pieces include the fragmented nature of Idaho’s mental health system, stories of Idahoans who end up hospitalized due to the lack of available care, and how law enforcement personnel play an integral role in responding to individuals who are in crisis. 

AFSP Attends Congressional Panel Discussion on Military and Veteran Suicide


Donnelly briefing 10-24-14

On October 24, 2014 AFSP Manager of Federal Policy Trevor Summerfield and Public Policy Associates Paul Almeida and Andrew Douglas attended a Science Roundtable presented by the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University and sponsored by Senator Donnelly (D-IN). The event focused on the research on and around military mental health and suicide. 

AFSP CEO Responds to Congressman's Suicide Comments


In a statement to POLITICO, Robert Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, decried Congressman Don Young’s (R-AK) remarks and called on elected officials to speak about suicide in a more responsible way.

'OK 2 Say' Program Launched in Michigan


A new program aimed at reducing gun violence, bullying, sexting, drug use and suicide in Michigan high schools launched Monday at an assembly at Hackett Catholic Central High School in Kalamazoo. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette introduced the “OK 2 Say” program to an audience of high school students.

Nebraska Receives Suicide Prevention Grant for Youth


The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has received a five-year grant for $3,646,939 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to reduce the numbers of suicides and suicide attempts among youths and young adults age 10-24 in Nebraska.