Advocacy & Public Policy

AFSP Advocacy & Public Policy Programs

We work every day to create a world in which people no longer die by suicide.  While we understand fully that suicide is very personal and complicated, we know that thoughtful public policies can reduce the number of suicides.  With that understanding, we collaborate closely with hundreds of well-informed and passionate advocates who are committed to educating officials at every level of government and persuading them to act.   As part of this effort, AFSP now has in place a strong public policy program at the federal, state and local level.  Activities are coordinated out of the AFSP National Public Policy Office in Washington, DC.  Information on specific issues at the federal, state and local level can be found on the AFSP website under Advocacy and Public Policy.

AFSP Annual Advocacy Forum

https://www.afsp.org/advocacy-public-policy/annual-advocacy-forum

Summary:

  • The Annual Advocacy Forum is AFSP's single largest effort to educate federal officials about suicide and they ways they can help to prevent it.
  • Each year, the Advocacy Forum brings together Suicide Prevention Advocates, volunteers, and AFSP staff to network, share the latest research, and provide the public and policy makers with the information and tools they need to be effective advocates in preventing suicide.
  • Participants from around the country share their personal stories and experiences with suicide, engage members of Congress in discussion on important suicide prevention issues, and share AFSP’s Federal Policy Priorities. Discussions also address funding for AFSP’s educational programs and promising research aimed at reducing the rate of suicide nationwide.  Chapters are encouraged to hold similar events at their state capital with active support from the Public Policy team. 

Tools:

  • For further information contact your assigned Field Staff member or the AFSP Public Policy Office at AdvocacyForum@afsp.org

Cost: Hotel, airfare, registration fees.

AFSP Field Advocate Program

https://www.afsp.org/advocacy-public-policy/become-an-advocate

Summary:

  • Advocates for suicide prevention can and do make a difference; by educating the public, they change the way people think and talk about suicide and mental illness and by educating leaders and communities, they help to shape new laws and policies.
  • The AFSP Field Advocate application and instructions on how to submit the application are available on the AFSP website.

Tools:

AFSP Public Policy Webinar Series

https://www.afsp.org/advocacy-public-policy/education-training

 

Summary:

  • AFSP Public Policy staff host a number of webinars annually that cover the basics of advocacy, suicide prevention, education, and research, and for achieving AFSP’s federal and state policy priorities.
 

Tools:

  • For more information about AFSP's Policy Webinar Series, please contact the Public Policy Office at PPWebinar@afsp.org
 

Cost: Free