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.

VA Secretary Announces Restructuring


On Monday, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald announced that the department is undergoing ‘the largest restructuring in the department’s history’.

Yochi Dreazen contributes to Washington Post's "5 Myths" Series


In recognition of Veterans’ Day, Yochi Dreazen (Managing Editor at Foreign Policy, and author of ‘The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War’) has contributed a piece to The Washington Post as part of the newspaper’s ongoing ‘5 myths’ series.

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.