I want to be able to create hope where hope didn't exist before. It's about coalition, it's about listening, very carefully, to where needs need to be met.
The members of AFSP’s Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network have either been touched personally by a suicide attempt, a suicide loss, or mental illness, or want to make a change for the better for those who have been touched by these events.
We need your help in spreading the word that prevention is possible, and that public policies matter.
Below, AFSP Suicide Prevention Advocates share our stories about why we are working to advocate for improved mental health and suicide prevention.
The long road to recovery wasn't easy, but I refused to give up.
I didn't know that this was the beginning of my own journey, which started with the ending of some lifetime relationships and the beginning of new friendships and support with like-minded people.
In the year following Kurt's death, I found AFSP and realized that Indiana had no presence of AFSP—that was my charge!
If I only reach one person that doesn't have to go through what I did or what my son had to do, I think that's a goal worth reaching.
I would like people to really understand that more people die by suicide than from homicide. You tell people that and they're shocked.