Advocacy & Public Policy

Advocacy & 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. 

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2014 AFSP Annual Advocacy Forum

Claire Idell, Darleen Cameron, Annette Becerra, Laura Habedank and Katie Elliott from Central Texas attended AFSP’s 5th Annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC. We had a successful trip visiting the offices of each of our Congressmen/Congresswomen (our U.S. Representatives) and our two U.S. Senators and sharing information about how our members of Congress can support suicide prevention and mental health.

On February 26, 2014, we met to review AFSP priorities and legislation that was active or at least planned in Congress. On February 27, 2014 in 20-degree weather and 20-knot winds, we made our visits. Congress was in session, and there were roll-calls and voting all day, so many of the elected officials were on the floor voting, but overall the healthcare legislative aides we met with in their place were engaged and moved by our stories, and promised to share the information with their bosses. That evening we honored those in Congress and organizational partners who have supported our cause. On February 28, 2014 we huddled to review the successes and frustrations of the previous day, and then began the exciting prospect of carrying our message forward at the state level, the new frontier for AFSP. Central Texas chapter is working to form a Public Policy Committee to advocate at the state level. We will send out notifications as soon as we have our first event planned!

First Annual Texas State Advocacy Day

The Central Texas Chapter has formed a Public Policy Committee to advocate at the state level. The First Annual Texas State Advocacy Day will be held February 2-3, 2015. We are looking forward to this day and are busy making plans and researching which initiatives we will be advocating for.

If you are interested in learning more, or helping to represent us, please email: CenTexAdvocacyAFSP@gmail.com.