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2012 Advocacy Forum
The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) is a part of a nationwide State-Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program.
In 2011 (the most recent year for which data are available), 39,518 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 13.3 minutes.
AFSP recognizes that health care reform and mental health parity laws and regulations will increase access to mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support services for millions of Americans. As this can have a significant impact on reducing the number of suicides that occur in the United States annually, AFSP urges Congress and the Obama Administration to ensure mental health parity is a reality by implementing and enforcing the law.
AFSP encourages Suicide Prevention Advocates to participate actively in state suicide prevention initiatives and in the implementation of state suicide prevention plans.
Risk factors for suicide are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take her or his life. Suicide risk tends to be highest when someone has several risk factors at the same time.
Thousands of AFSP Suicide Prevention Advocates across the country are working to shape state and local policies aimed at reducing the number of people who die by suicide.
Our effectiveness in preventing suicide ultimately depends on more fully understanding how and why suicide occurs.
When possible, AFSP provides educational materials as an option to satisfy training requirements and to address concerns of state and local lawmakers about adding to school budgets.