Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network Volunteer Application

Prospective volunteers: Please fill out this form to the best of your ability. You will then be contacted via email by one of our Public Policy Team members within five business days of your application’s submission. Please print a copy of the form for your records.

Questions marked with * are required.

Note: Below, please provide your home address and no P.O. Boxes. Your home address is used to determine which elected officials represent you, at all levels of government. This information is not shared with anyone outside of the AFSP Public Policy Office. If you have a separate mailing address, please notify us during the interview.

Note: Below, please provide the email address you prefer to use for regular correspondence with elected officials and the AFSP Public Policy office. Email is the primary way we will contact your regarding the Field Advocate program. If you have a junk mail filter, please add ngibson@afsp.org to your safe-senders list.

*If you do not know the name of your Representative, go to www.house.gov and enter your zip code under the “Find Your Representative” section. If more than one name appears in the results window, you must narrow the search by entering your full home address or zip+4.

Relevant Experience/Skills (Volunteer, Professional, and or Academic)

Please provide a brief description of your relevant experience/skills in the following areas, if any:

Prior Involvement with AFSP Chapters and Events

Field Advocate Program Expectations

Understand and support the mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Utilize and become familiar with AFSP’s Public Policy Priorities, website, and additional Policy Resource Center materials provided—easily found at www.afsp.org under “Advocacy & Public Policy.”

Maintain contact with other Field Advocates in your district and state; this includes allowing your current contact information (phone/email) to be shared within AFSP’s internal directory of Field Advocates (not accessible to the general public).

Actively reach out to your elected officials and their staff in order to build relationships based upon advancing the cause of suicide prevention and availability of quality mental health services; this includes writing personal letters and emails, calling and visiting elected officials and their staff as needed.

Encourage members of your community to participate in and support activities of AFSP chapters and like-minded organizations.

As is practical, participate in community events and other “friend raising” opportunities.

Serve as a volunteer Field Advocate for at least a full two-year Congressional term.

(Average volunteer time is anywhere from 1-3 hours per month, or more depending on individual schedules and interests)