Chapter Growth

AFSP Community Outreach Programs

AFSP’s Community Outreach Programs Include: AFSP Open Houses, AFSP 101 Volunteer Training Events, AFSP Standardized Presentations, AFSP Chapter Board and Committee Growth Events, AFSP Research Town Hall Meetings, AFSP Billboard Program and Toolkit, Community Health Fairs/Conference Exhibitors. Further information about each program may be found below.

AFSP Chapter Open House

Summary:

  • AFSP Chapter Open House programs inform the general public about AFSP chapters; recruit, identify and interview new chapter volunteers.  AFSP brochures, annual reports, fact sheets, program information and other nationally developed educational materials are available for open houses.

Tools:

Contact your field staff person to order materials for use.

AFSP 101 - Volunteer Training Event

Summary:

  • AFSP Volunteer Training Events inform new volunteers about AFSP and AFSP programs at “meet and greet” events.

Tools:

  • Contact your field staff person for more information 

AFSP Chapter and Chapter-in-Formation Board and Committee Growth

Summary:

  • AFSP Board and Committee Growth programs inform volunteers, board members and committee members about AFSP and the work of local chapters.  Discussion topics might include: chapter strategic planning, a review of the AFSP Chapter Assessment, Measurement and Planning System (CHAMPS) and AFSP chapter board member expectations.

Tools:

  • Contact your field staff person for more information 

AFSP Standard Presentations

Summary:

AFSP Standard Presentations are additional resources for the community.  Chapters have the ability to use these standard presentations at the local level for community outreach. 

  • Suicide Prevention: Saving Lives One Community at a Time is a PowerPoint presentation with talking points.  The presentation provides an overview of the prevalence and risk factors for depression and suicide, dispels popular myths, and highlights AFSP's suicide prevention research and education programs. It includes practical advice for those who know someone who may be contemplating suicide.
  • Suicide and the Elderly is a PowerPoint presentation with talking points that addresses suicide among older adults.  The presentation identifies key risk factors for suicide in the elderly, including depression and other psychiatric illnesses, and discusses treatment options.

AFSP Standard Presentations are designed to be used in their entirety. Any proposed changes or edits must be pre-approved by AFSP National.

Tools:

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

Summary:

  • After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools provides information, tools, and guidance to schools that have been touched by the tragedy of a suicide. 
  • The Toolkit includes an overview of key considerations, general guidelines for action, do’s and don’ts, templates, and sample materials, all in an easily accessible format applicable to diverse populations and communities. This resource addresses the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Increase the proportion of school districts and private school associations with evidence-based programs designed to address serious childhood and adolescent distress and prevent suicide.
  • The Toolkit includes guidelines for action, do's and don'ts, and templates and sample materials. It covers Crisis Response, Helping Students Cope, Working with the Community, Memorialization, Social Media, Suicide Contagion, and Bringing in Outside Help.

Tools:

  • After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schoolsis available online.  (Not available in print version)

Suicide Shouldn't Be a Secret [PSAs for Teen Suicide Prevention Campaign]

Summary:

  • Suicide Shouldn't Be a Secret is a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) aimed at promoting suicide prevention among teens and their parents. 
  • The PSAs educate about the warning signs of depression in young people, and identify action steps that can be taken to get help for someone who may be suicidal.   The campaign features teens who know someone who is suicidal, or who have lost a friend to suicide.

Tools:

  • The Suicide Shouldn't Be A SecretPSAs, along with a resource guide, can be downloaded from the AFSP website for use in local communities.
  • Chapters can distribute the PSAs to local TV and radio stations.

Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations

Summary:

  • AFSP partnered with the Johnson Family Foundation, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Movement Advancement Project and several other LGBT organizations to develop a set of recommendations for safe messaging about suicide in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations provides detailed recommendations for safely discussing suicide in both traditional and social media, while at the same time expanding public conversations about the well-being of LGBT people, promoting the need for family support and acceptance, and encouraging help-seeking by LGBT people who may be contemplating suicide.

Tools:

  • The document is available for general audiences and can be downloaded online.
  • Chapters can share this document with local media outlets who report on suicide, LGBT issues and bullying, as well as other mental health and LGBT organizations. It can be useful in explaining the relationship between bullying and suicide. Although the focus in on LGBT populations specifically, it can help educate the media and the public about the contribution of bullying to suicide risk in the general population as well.

Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media

Summary:

  • Research has shown that graphic, sensationalized or romanticized descriptions of suicide deaths in the news media can contribute to suicide contagion, popularly referred to as “copycat” suicides. Media reports on suicide can also be a source of misinformation; responsible coverage of suicide, in contrast, can educate wide audiences about the likely causes of suicide, its warning signs, trends in suicide rates, recent treatment advances and other ways suicide can be prevented. AFSP worked with the Annenberg Public Policy Center to improve the way suicide is covered in the media. Joint activities included a consensus workshop which brought together key leaders and the development of media recommendations which encourage responsible reporting on suicide. The result of this collaborative effort was the development and release of a consensus document, Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media

Tools:

  • Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media is available online.
  • Chapters are encouraged to share this document with local media outlets who report frequently on suicide.