AFSP's volunteers and advocates have a lot to celebrate this 4th of July. Below are selected stories highlighting new prevention legislation and funding in three seperate states along with AFSP's recognition of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Excited by what you see? Click on the link at the bottom to become an advocate.
On June 26, 2014, AFSP's advocates celebrated legislative wins in two states. In Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 5707, which requires school districts to adopt comprehensive anti-bullying policies, while in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 1559, which requires that Pennsylvania schools adopt an age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention curriculum.
On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, representatives from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) presented U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan with the Federal Partner Allies in Action Award for leading efforts in the Department of Education to promote bullying prevention in schools across the United States.
Studies done on bridge barriers consistently show that barriers reduce suicide rates and do not lead to suicide attempt increases on nearby bridges.