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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.
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.
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.
AFSP encourages Suicide Prevention Advocates to participate actively in state suicide prevention initiatives and in the implementation of state suicide prevention plans.
Our effectiveness in preventing suicide ultimately depends on more fully understanding how and why suicide occurs.
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.