Advocacy & Public Policy

Arkansas Advocacy and Public Policy

Our chapter is actively engaged in advocating for local, state, and national policies that we believe will help prevent suicide.

We need your help to spread the word that prevention is possible and ensure that public policies make a difference. 

Click here to learn more and get involved.

Click here for information on to become a Field Advocate.

Advocacy Forum 2014

250 advocates from all 50 states “took the Hill” as part of AFSP’s 2014 Advocacy Forum. Vicki Stanley, Tyler West and Christopher Epperson attended the Forum. The Arkansas Chapter was able to meet with all our Senators, Congressmen and their staff this year where they are able to share their personal stories, educate them about suicide prevention and mental health, and push for policies and legislation that can prevent suicide. The Advocacy Forum's focus this year was to educate Congress members and staff about the three ways they can help prevent suicide:

  • Increased funding for suicide prevention research
  • Ensuring mental health parity is a reality through access to health care
  • Fully Funding the National Violent Death Reporting System to provide timely, informative, and accurate data for suicide prevention programs and research centers the country

Arkansas Advocacy Day 

On February 19th, 2015, The Arkansas Chapter will be hosting our first Arkansas Advocacy Day on the State Captial in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

For More Information please contact Ledeana Bell at