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.

Clergy Addresses Mental Health Needs


America’s religious leaders are working towards being more cognizant of mental health issues. This past month, a mental health advisory group (led by Dr. Frank Page) developed a number of proposals to help Southern Baptist congregation members and their families deal with mental health issues.

Subway Barriers Can Save Lives


Between 2001 and 2012, an average of 134 people were hit by subway trains in New York annually, and 41 killed, according to New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Around a third of those are classified as suicide attempts.

AFSP Attends "Bringing New Cures to People with Chronic Conditions" Briefing


On November 18, 2014 AFSP Public Policy Associates Paul Almeida and Andrew Douglas attended a congressional briefing, sponsored jointly by the National Health Council (of which AFSP is a proud member) and the office of Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ), on the The MODDERN Cures Act – Bringing New Cures to People with Chronic Conditions

Children’s Mental Health is focus of Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing


Senate Indian Affairs 11-19-14

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee met on Wednesday, November 19, to discuss issues with children’s mental health in Native American and Alaskan Native communities.  Most of the discussion focused on prevention, and treatment of childhood trauma, but also included an examination of the rising suicide rate among Native Americans and Alaskan Natives.