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.

Depression in Seniors Often Untreated

12/08/2014

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.

Clergy Addresses Mental Health Needs

11/28/2014

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

11/21/2014

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.