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.

US ‘on the cusp’ of mental health advances, Biden says


Calling the human brain “the only uncharted territory on earth,” Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday night that the United States is “on the cusp” of major changes in how mental illness is diagnosed and treated.

AFSP Attends AUSA Annual Meeting


On Monday, October 21, 2013, AFSP Senior Director of Public Policy John Madigan attended a panel discussion on suicide prevention held during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.