About Our Chapter

About Our Chapter

Welcome. We are the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter was chartered in March of 1999. Our first chapter chair, Andrew Rogoff, launched our first board made up of public and private sector members, most notably, supported by Dr. Howard Sudak and Survivors of Suicide Delaware Valley. This chapter has grown since its inception with a series of chairs dedicated to moving the mission of AFSP forward. Under the leadership of several chairs over the years, namely David Harrison, Susan Kelleher and Cathy Siciliano, the growth has been astounding. With the implementation of a grass roots approach to connecting with survivors, the Out of the Darkness signature walks initiative was launched in 2004. The walks created an awareness of the prevalence of suicide in communities throughout the US. The first walk held in 2004 raised 34,000 with 35 walkers. Since that time the Greater Philadelphia walk has raised close to 200,000 with over 2,000 walkers. Offering many new programs for survivors, schools, communities throughout Greater Philadelphia, the chapter continues to thrive.