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.

Military Suicides Drop; Unclear Why

11/11/2013

Suicides across the military have dropped by more than 22 percent this year, defense officials said, amid an array of new programs targeting what the Defense Department calls an epidemic that took more service members' lives last year than the war in Afghanistan did during that same period.

Honor our veterans: Help save a life

11/11/2013

As co-chairs of the Congressional Spouses for Suicide Prevention and Education, we’re taking the opportunity this Veterans Day to join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in raising awareness of the problem of suicide among our active military, veterans, and their families. 

MY VIEW: Help save a life by reaching out to our veterans

11/09/2013

First and foremost, I’d like to thank our men and women in uniform, our nation’s veterans, and their families for their service and heroic sacrifice to our country. As a co-chair of the Congressional Spouses for Suicide Prevention and Education and a spouse of a retired soldier, I’m taking the opportunity this Veterans Day to join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in raising awareness of the problem of suicide among our active military, veterans, and their families.