AFSP’s Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network is made up of over one thousand field advocates from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In early October, Ashley Martin from Illinois became advocate number 1,000. Field advocates educate their state and local leaders and communities about suicide, help to shape laws and policies and change the way others think and talk about suicide and mental illness.
“Suicide has changed my life in more ways than one. It has haunted me in the past, but that experience has helped me inform and help those I care about now," Martin said. “That is why I decided to become a AFSP Field Advocate—so I can continue to raise awareness and help others who are touched by suicide.”
You, too, can make a difference by becoming a field advocate. All it takes is the passion to inspire change in your own community. Whether you have a lot of time for advocacy or only a little, you can make a difference.
Click here to learn more about AFSP’s Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network, complete the application and get started.