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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.
Suicide rates among military personnel are at all-time highs. Veterans comprise 20% of the suicides in the U.S. annually.
AFSP urges Congress to oppose all attempts to reverse health care reform and its provisions for mental health parity. We support full implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act signed into law in 2008.
AFSP encourages Suicide Prevention Advocates to participate actively in state suicide prevention initiatives and in the implementation of state suicide prevention plans.
Hundreds 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.
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.
AFSP supports coverage and services for mental health and substance use services that is adequate, uniform, and on par with services for physical health.