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.

Legislature Opens Door to For-Profit Mental-Health Services

03/31/2015

Even though it is statistically proven that untreated mental illness leads to unemployment, substance abuse, children in the welfare system, and imprisonment, Florida ranks 49th in terms of per capita spending on mental health programs.

Mental Health is Growing Problem for Female NCAA Student-Athletes

03/27/2015

When it comes to sports injuries, people are liable to think of concussions, bruises, or broken bones. However, in 2013, Dr. Brian Hainline – Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA – declared mental health to be the number 1 health and safety concern for the NCAA.

House looks to Improve Care for Victims of Substance Abuse

03/26/2015

On Thursday, 3/26, two representatives from AFSP’s Public Policy Department attended a House Energy and Commerce (Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations) hearing on the growing problem of heroin and drug abuse in the United States.