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.

Blazing Trails in Brain Science


For the past 11 years, Dr. Tom Insel, a 62-year-old brain scientist, has run the National Institute of Mental Health, the world’s leading backer of behavioral health research.

Suicides in the Army decline sharply


FORT CARSON, Colo. — Suicides in the Army fell by 19% in 2013, dramatically reversing a rising trend plaguing the Army for nearly 10 years.

Students Craft Mental Health Legislation in Virginia


Two University of Virginia students, Jarrod Nagurka and Rachel Deitch, both of Arlington, helped craft a bipartisan mental health bill that Del. Patrick Hope (D-47) and Del. Joseph R. Yost (R-12) have introduced to the Virginia House of Delegates.

United States Senate Passes FY 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill


A $1.1 trillion spending bill cleared Congress after it passed in the Senate by a final vote of 72-26. It will now go to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature and averts any threat of a government shutdown through September 30. 

United States House of Representatives Pass Omnibus Spending Bill for FY 2014


The United States House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill today to finance the U.S. government through September 30, 2014 by a vote of 359-67. Included in the Omnibus was an increase of nearly $8 million dollars for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) bringing the program's funding to $11.2 million from $3.5 million which only allowed 18 states to participate.