About Our Chapter

Welcome. We are the Louisville Metro 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 Louisville Metro Chapter was chartered in January of 2010 and serves the Greater Louisville area and Southern Indiana.  The officers of our Board of Directors includes: Chair-Judy Magder, President-Aimee Townsend, Secretary-Debbie Lorence and Treasurer-Kevin Barrett.  Other members of the Board include: Sue Buckman, Gage Donohue, Jean Glore, Charles Goss, Vince Gottbrath, Missy Gousha, Jennifer Le, Glenn Raymond, Mark Schueler and Terry Taylor.

In the few short years that we have been a chapter we have provided The More Than Sad Suicide Prevention kits for all public and private high schools in Ky, partnered with The University of Louisville Depression Center to hold Research Town Hall Meetings and have been the recipient of ICAP Energy's Charity Day for 3 years. We presented The Tattered Teddies Suicide Prevention Program from Canada for the first time in the United States and received a $10,000 grant from The Louisville Metro City Council. Our chapter received the Outstanding Chapter Award for Education at the Leadership Conference in 2012.  We have also placed our Survivor Packets & Child Survivors of Suicide Guidebook in all funeral homes in the Greater Louisville area and Southern Indiana, the Jefferson County Public Schools, hospital's Human Resource & Pastoral Care Departments, churches, corporations and mental health agencies.