Recently, 250 advocates from all 50 states will “Took the Hill” as part of AFSP’s 2014 Advocacy Forum. Advocates and volunteers will met with members of Congress and their staff to share their personal stories, educate them about suicide prevention and mental health, and push for policies and legislation that can prevent suicide. The Advocacy Forum's focus this year is educating Congress members and staff about the three ways they can help prevent suicide:
- Increased funding for suicide prevention research
- Ensuring mental health parity is a reality through access to health care
- Fully Funding the National Violent Death Reporting System to provide timely, informative, and accurate data for suicide prevention programs and research centers the country
You can follow the movements of all of AFSP’s advocates on Twitter by using #AFSPForum14.