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AFSP Raises Concerns Over DC Comics' Talent Search; Company Apologizes


On Sept. 5, DC Comics announced a talent search competition looking for artists to develop ways to depict four different suicide attempts by one of its main villains, Harley Quinn, as part of a new book being released in November. AFSP, along with the American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness released a joint statement calling the talent search insensitive and potentially dangerous.

Understanding Suicide: Myth vs. Fact


To understand why people die by suicide, and why so many others attempt to take their own lives, it is important to know the facts. Please read the facts about suicide below and share them with others during National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8–14).

Out of the Darkness Community Walks Raising Funds and Awareness


The 2013 Out of the Darkness Community Walk campaign is in full swing, with hundreds of walks taking place nationwide throughout the fall. Funds are used to support suicide prevention research, local prevention and educational programs, advocacy, and survivor of suicide loss programs in walk communities.

Senate Approves Additional Funding for the National Violent Death Reporting System


On July 9, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee approved their Fiscal Year 2014 bill, which included a $15 million increase in funding for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). This was subsequently approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on July 11.

International Researchers Gather for First World Congress on Suicide


The first World Congress on Suicide was held in Montreal from June 10–13. It was an exciting event that provided a forum for high-level talks on suicide research, prevention and intervention, and an opportunity for suicide researchers from around the world to exchange ideas.