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.

AFSP Honors Allies in Action Award Winners

03/03/2014

On Thursday, February 27, AFSP honored its 2014 Allies in Action Award winners at an reception held at the Reserve Officers Association's Top of the Hill Banquet and Conference Center.

Senator Mark Begich and Representative Ron Barber Push for Suicide Prevention Research

02/26/2014

Efforts to prevent and understand the causes of suicide would be expanded under legislation introduced this week by Senator Mark Begich and Representative Ron Barber.  Begich and Barber's Suicide Prevention Research and Innovation Act (SPRINT Act) will provide funding for the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) to conduct targeted research on suicide prevention over the next five years. 

George W. Bush Institute Holds Summit on Post 9/11 Veterans

02/19/2014

The George W. Bush Institute held a summit on February 19th, 2014 to discuss how to most effectively serve post-9/11 veterans. The event included remarks from President George W. Bush and Dr. Jill Biden, as well as a discussion between ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Gen. Peter Pace and Stephen A. Schwarzman about the unique needs of veterans; a panel that attempted to prioritize the issues of this generation of veterans, including Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Kenneth Fisher, D. Wayne Robinson and John Thiel; and a panel about the roles of the private and non-profit sectors with the Honorable Alvin Brown, Jean Case, Joe DePinto, Kent R. Hance and Jake Wood.

FY2014 funding for SAMHSA expands vital mental health services – especially for children and youth

02/11/2014

As a result of the Fiscal Year 2014 “Consolidated Appropriations Act” (P.L. 113-76), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will provide expanded help to meet the mental health needs of individuals, families and communities across the nation. The $276 million additional funding above the FY13 post-sequestration level will enable SAMHSA to better address the mental health needs of the nation’s children and young people – including those most at risk for serious mental illnesses. 

At last, suicides among military family members could be tracked

02/06/2014

Though the military tracks suicides among service members, suicides among their family members -- spouses, siblings and parents -- go uncounted. But CNN learned Wednesday that the Pentagon's Defense Suicide Prevention Office has sent a report to Congress detailing for the first time a proposal for tracking those deaths.