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.

Army Deserter Jailed for Chasing a Steady Mind


Second Lieutenant Lawrence J. Franks Jr. had all the appearances of a stellar soldier. He had been deployed three times, commended for exceptional service, among others. However, none of this service was in the Unites States military. 

"Clay Hunt Act" Likely Sidelined Until 2015


On Monday, supporters of a sweeping veteran’s suicide prevention bill suffered a setback as it was blocked in the United States Senate in the last few hours of the legislative session. This move will most likely mean the end of the effort to pass the bill this year.

Many Americans Not Shopping for Health Insurance


Around the country, millions of Americans must decide by tonight at midnight if they will keep their health insurance they purchased in the first year of the Affordable Care Act, or if they want to switch to a new plan starting in January of 2015.

New Defense Spending Bill Puts Experts on Discharge Boards


Under the 2015 defense spending bill that Congress sent to President Barack Obama last week, Military personnel who are facing dishonorable discharges will have their cases reviewed by at least one mental-health professional. 

Depression in Seniors Often Untreated


Depression in older adults is often undiagnosed, reports today’s Washington Post. Many baby boomers will present depressive symptoms later in life, when the illness offers challenges that are specific to that age group.