Check out our chapter’s most recent activities and updates:
2013 American Association of Suicidology and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's "After Suicide Healing Conference"
This conference was attended by Board Chair Tracy Franklin and Board Secretary/Walk Chair Darleen Cameron on April 27, 2013. It was a support group atmosphere with exercises focused on grief recovery. Participants were from all over the United States.
2013 Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium, “Coming Together to Care”
General Board Member Marian Trattner and Board Chair Tracy Franklin attended the 2013 Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium, “Coming together to Care” in Irving, Texas on July 10, 2013. There were many speakers and leaders in the field of Suicide Prevention. Marian received an award for her service to the cause of suicide Prevention.
2013 Filed Advocacy Forum
Board Chair Tracy Franklin attended the AFSP 2013 Filed Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C. that took place from June 11-13, 2013. She and four other registered AFSP Field Advocates, including Damon Hodge and Katie Elliott, both from Austin Texas met with many Texas delegates to discuss federal legislation that benefits mental health and suicide prevention.
The two federal programs that we educated delegates on and asked them to support were the National Violent Death Reporting System and the Mental Health First Aid Act.
The National Violent Death Reporting System currently needs funding of 25 million to collect data from medical examiners, coroners, police, crime labs, & death certificates. Before we can design effective suicide prevention strategies, we need complete, accurate and timely information about deaths by suicide. NVDRS covers all violent deaths, not just suicide. AFSP urged Congress to appropriate the full $25 million needed to implement NVDRS in all 50 states. It is currently funded at $3.5 million, which allows implementation in only 18 states.
Mental Health First Aid Act
The MHFAA is a public education program helping to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse. It teaches a five step action plan to reach out to a person in crisis and connect him/her with professional help. We asked for cosponsors to authorize $20 million in grant funds for this nation wide training program. The program has three areas of training. The first area is recognizing the symptoms of common mental illnesses and addiction disorders. The second area is de-escalating crisis situations safely. The third area is initiating timely referral to mental health and substance abuse resources available in the community.
2013 Annual Overnight “Out of the Darkness Walk”
Board Chair Tracy Franklin, along with Board Secretary/WalkChair Darleen Cameron and former General Board Member Angela Zerda participated in the AFSP 2013 Annual Overnight “Out of the Darkness Walk,” which took place on June 1-2, 2013 in Washington DC. They all walked 17 miles in and around DC honoring the lives of their loved ones, and other lost to suicide.