Check out our chapter’s most recent activities and updates:
2014 AFSP National Chapter Leadership Conference
Claire Idell, Tracy Franklin, Christine Newell and David Erard attended this event held January in Denver, Colorado. The group was able to interact with members from AFSP chapters all over the country to share information, learn new strategies, discuss local initiatives, share chapter success stories and honor outstanding chapters, while learning more about the national mission of AFSP. The CenTex Chapter was invited to share our interactive hand collage from the 2013 Austin Out of the Darkness Walk.
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. Stay tuned!
2014 AFSP CenTex “Kick the Stigma”
In May, the AFSP CenTex Chapter held our first annual “Kick the Stigma” boot camp. Board Members Christine Newell and Lauren Gaspar worked diligently to get this event off the ground. Camp Gladiator’s Sabrina Must donated her time and boot camp coaching skills to whip us all into top condition with burpees, lunges, sprints, relays, high knees, pushups, situps, planks, etc.