Suicide is the eight leading cause of death in Vermont.
Advocates from AFSP Visit Montpelier to Meet with Lawmakers

Suicide is the eight leading cause of death in Vermont.


Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Urge Indiana Lawmakers to Introduce Legislation to Help Fight Suicide

On average, one person dies from suicide every nine hours in the state of Indiana.


Briefing for the Press on How to Report on Suicide

AFSP is hosting a briefing to give guidance on how to report on suicide in a way that will not lead to contagion.


I always start out with “I’m a walker coach” and then I laugh because most people have no idea what that means.
Overnight Walker Coach Profile: Erin

I always start out with “I’m a walker coach” and then I laugh because most people have no idea what that means.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to Display Quilts in Capitol Building to Urge Kentucky Lawmakers to Support Suicide Prevention

One person dies by suicide every 12 hours in Kentucky. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, volunteers from AFSP will join the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Consortium for their “Suicide Prevention Day on the Hill”


Advocates Flood Nashville to Call Attention to the Importance of Suicide Prevention for Schools & Health Professionals

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, volunteers from AFSP the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will arrive at the state capitol to meet with lawmakers to encourage them to make suicide prevention a priority


Special occasions after a suicide loss can bring up painful memories, but they also can provide an opportunity to celebrate your loved one.
Handling Special Occasions

Anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, and other occasions after a suicide loss can bring up painful memories, but they also can provide an opportunity to celebrate your loved one.


AFSP’s 2016 Chapter Leadership Conference – Our Best Yet!

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention had much to celebrate at the 11th Annual Chapter Leadership Conference in Little Rock this past weekend.


Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Visit Phoenix to Meet with Lawmakers

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will arrive at the state capitol to meet with lawmakers to encourage them to make suicide prevention a priority.


Teachers and school faculty need adequate training to recognize signs of mental illness and encourage help-seeking behavior
Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Visit Tallahassee to Meet with Lawmakers

On average, every three hours, someone dies by suicide in Florida.


Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Visit Atlanta to Meet with Lawmakers

On average, one person dies by suicide every seven hours in Georgia.


Successful Mental Health Training Partnership Extended for Second Year

For the second year, the National Council for Behavioral Health and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention have partnered to give more people these critical skills through Mental Health First Aid training.


Fully implementing the NVDRS nationwide is essential to developing, informing and evaluating suicide prevention programs.
Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization Thanks Congress for Making Suicide Prevention a Priority

Statement from the AFSP’s CEO Robert Gebbia on the Funding Increase of the National Violent Death Reporting System.


Statement from Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Advocacy Organization on Winning Election

Statement from AFSP on Election of CEO to the National Health Council’s Board of Directors.


More than 10,000 Loss Survivors to Gather in 18 Countries for International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for Its Survivor Day, Saturday, November 21st in Your Local Community


With volunteers in all 50 states we now have a way to deliver suicide prevention and education programs nationwide.
Suicide Prevention Has Reached a Tipping Point in America

Today the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization, AFSP, announces an expansion of its Chapters to all 50 states.


Presidential Proclamation – World Suicide Prevention Day, 2015

On World Suicide Prevention Day, we reaffirm our belief that mental health is an essential part of overall health, and together, we renew our commitment to supporting and empowering all Americans to seek the care they need.


Executive Summary: A Survey about Mental Health and Suicide in the United States

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE SURVEY: Research Method and Note about the Report


Progress is being made in how Americans view mental health, and the important role it plays in our everyday lives.
Survey Finds that Americans Value Mental Health and Physical Health Equally

Nearly 90 percent of Americans value mental health and physical health equally, yet about one-third find mental health care inaccessible.


Experts Available for Interviews for National Suicide Prevention Week

The week of September 6th is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Week


Suicide Loss Outreach Program Launched Nationwide by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Survivor Outreach Program is a national network of volunteers who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide and who receive training to visit others who have experienced a similar loss.


On June 27, over two thousand people gathered at Boston City Hall for the second 2015 Overnight Walk.
Nearly 2000 Walk to Fight Suicide in Boston

On June 27, over two thousand people gathered at Boston City Hall for the second 2015 Overnight Walk.


$3 Million Raised in One Night for Suicide Prevention

Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined, and yet suicide prevention doesn't get anywhere near the funding given to other leading causes of death.


AFSP To Raise Awareness and Support Coinciding With an Upcoming Television Episode of “Sing It On” On Pop

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States will continue to raise public awareness for the cause coinciding with an upcoming television episode of SING IT ON, a docu-series airing on Pop.


This award recognizes the invaluable contributions made by Representative Orwall
AFSP Honors State Representative Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines, WA) for Exceptional Service

With contributions like State Representative Orwall’s, we are much closer to achieving our goal of reducing the suicide rate 20 percent by the year 2025


Fathers’ Day 2015: Remembering Michael

Rebecca is a staff member at AFSP


Fathers’ Day 2015: Remembering Sri

About a year ago on a spring afternoon while I was absorbed in my reading we received a telephone call.


I think about Travis a lot especially around June when he took his life 6 years ago and all the holidays when family gathers
Fathers’ Day 2015: Remembering Travis

I will always remember our hunting trips to Kansas for pheasant and riding around in the back of a pickup truck with some locals to get to the best spots.


Fathers’ Day 2015: Remembering Amanda

Father’s Day is a day of mixed emotion for me.


AFSP’s 6th Annual Advocacy Forum Held June 21-24, 2015 in Washington, DC

The Annual Advocacy Forum is AFSP’s single largest effort to educate federal officials about suicide and suicide prevention.


We look forward to working with the Kennedy Forum on mental health and suicide prevention issues.
AFSP a Patron Sponsor of the Kennedy Forum in Boston

For nearly two years, The Kennedy Forum has been advancing an ambitious agenda to transform the way we treat mental health and addiction.


Largest Suicide Prevention Organization Accepting Applications for $1.5M Focus Grant Award for Suicide Prevention Research

This Focus Grant, of up to $500,000 a year, for up to three years, will be awarded to a researcher, or group of researchers, to study potential pathways and interventions that can significantly reduce the national suicide rate if ultimately implemented on a large scale


More Than 2000 People in Greater Boston to Walk in June From Dusk Until Dawn To Fight Suicide

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is proud to announce that more than 2000 people are now registered for the Out of the Darkness Overnight walk in Greater Boston.


Maryland will now become the 24th state across the U.S. to require suicide prevention training for certain school personnel.
Largest Suicide Prevention Organization Applauds Passage of Suicide Prevention Bill

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 members of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention attended a bill signing for Lauryn’s Law – Maryland House Bill 947.


Mothers’ Day 2015: Remembering Matthew

As Mothers' Day approaches I find myself reflecting back over the past 14 years and the journey I have been on.


Mothers’ Day 2015: Remembering Siwe

After losing my girl, Mother’s Day is thoughtful. I reflect on my failures as a mother, and there are plenty. I forgive myself for each and every one.


I lost my mother to suicide on my twenty-first birthday.
Mothers’ Day 2015: Remembering Lynn

My mother, Lynn, had struggled with mental illness for as long as I could remember.


Leading Suicide Prevention Organization Raises Over $400,000 in One Star-Studded Night

Held at Jazz at Lincoln Center, this black tie event included an awards ceremony with four major awards given.


Capitol Hill Panel Conversation to Address Personal Stories of Recovery and Resilience After a Suicide Attempt

Representative Grace Napolitano to host in Cannon House Office, Rm 122


On April 25th, over a thousand people gathered at Dallas City Hall for the first of the 2015 Overnight Walks.
Over a Thousand People Walk through the Streets of Dallas in the First 2015 Overnight Walk

On April 25th, over a thousand people gathered at Dallas City Hall for the first of the 2015 Overnight Walks.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Urging Illinois Lawmakers to Support SB1793 and SB1941

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, volunteers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will arrive at the state capitol to meet with lawmakers to encourage them to pass Senate Bills 1793 and 1941.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hosting Suicide Prevention Conference for LGBT Communities

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the 2nd Annual Research to Practice Conference.


Suicide is not just a faceless health issue for our society - it affects real people.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Visit Ohio Lawmakers to Urge them to Pass House Bill 28

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, volunteers from AFSP, will arrive at the state capitol to have meetings with lawmakers to encourage them to pass Ohio House Bill 28.


American Lives at Risk–Major Investment Needed for Suicide Research

In response to the report announced today by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention “U.S. National Suicide Prevention Research Efforts: 2008-2013 Portfolio Analyses,” CEO Robert Gebbia of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, released this statement.


Advocates from the AFSP Visit Tallahassee to Meet with Lawmakers

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, volunteers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will visit with lawmakers in Tallahassee during the annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol.


On Thursday, March 19, 2015, volunteers from the AFSP will visit with lawmakers in Columbia during Mental Health Advocacy Day.
Advocates from AFSP Visit Lawmakers in South Carolina to Support Mental Health Parity

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, volunteers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will visit with lawmakers in Columbia during Mental Health Advocacy Day.


Advocates from AFSP Visit New Jersey State Capitol to Encourage Suicide Prevention Policy

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, volunteers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will visit the state Capitol in Trenton during the annual AFSP-New Jersey State Capitol Day.


Over a Thousand People to Walk From Dusk Until Dawn To Fight Suicide In Texas

The Overnight will be held in Dallas, and support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


This meeting will bring together suicide researchers studying topics ranging from neurobiology and genetics to prevention and intervention.
International Summit on Suicide Research

All suicide researchers and those interested in learning about the most cutting edge evidence are invited to attend and take advantage of this excellent opportunity to network and interact.


27th Annual Lifesavers Gala 2015

AFSP is pleased to announce this year’s host and the distinguished group of honorees who will be recognized at the Foundation’s 27th Annual Lifesavers Gala on May 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.


Over 30 Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Visit Sacramento to Meet with Lawmakers

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, over 30 volunteers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will visit with lawmakers in Sacramento during the third annual AFSP-California State Capitol Day.


It’s alarming that only 1 in 5 people with a mental health problem gets treatment.
AFSP Joins ‘The Campaign To Change Direction’ To Change The Way America Addresses Mental Health

National Campaign Launches at Summit Featuring Government, Business and Non-Profit Leaders


AFSP Out of the Darkness Community Walks Earn Spot in the Top 30 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events in America

At this year’s 2015 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Council Conference, AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Community Walks earned a coveted spot in the TOP 30 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events in America.


Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Visit Little Rock to Meet with Lawmakers

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, volunteers from AFSP will visit the state capital to have meetings with lawmakers to encourage them to prioritize suicide prevention and programs that support reducing suicide in the state.


These proven best practices to grow the workforce have been developed in Texas and need to be fully implemented
Advocates from the AFSP Join with Mental Health Groups to Urge Texas Lawmakers to Expand the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Workforce

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, volunteers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will join the Mental Illness Awareness Coalition and fellow Texas Coalition for Healthy Minds members to visit with lawmakers and urge them to expand the mental health and substance use disorder workforce in Texas.


President Obama Signs Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

The Clay Hunt SAV Act will increase access to mental health care and capacity at VA to meet demand.


Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Visit Nashville to Meet with Lawmakers

On average, one person dies by suicide every 8.5 hours in Tennessee.


We will help make suicide prevention a priority for the state lawmakers for all Hoosiers.
Advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Visit Indianapolis to Meet with Lawmakers

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, field advocates from the AFSP, will visit the state capital to have meetings with lawmakers to encourage them to prioritize suicide prevention and programs that support reducing suicide in the state.


Mental Health First Aid USA announces partnership with AFSP

Mental Health First Aid launched a partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to roll out more Mental Health First Aid courses.


Regular Mental Health Screenings Needed To Reverse Trend of Increasing Military Suicide

Any service member struggling with mental health issues should receive the help they need before it’s too late; including the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 in the 2015 National Defense Authorization will ensure that.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Issues Statement on Department of Defense Suicide Event Data Quality Assessment Report
Better Data on Suicides in the Military Will Save Lives

The DOD has a duty to follow the recommendations in the DODSER and give the military valuable intelligence in the war on suicide – data that will help them put a stop to this tragic and preventable loss of life.


Realizing the Promise of Mental Health and Substance Use Parity

On Monday, October 20, John Madigan, AFSP’s Vice President of Public Policy, and Trevor Summerfield, AFSP’s Manager of Federal Policy, attended a White House “Champions of Change” event on the Affordable Care Act.


Thousands To Walk From Dusk Until Dawn To Fight Suicide In Boston And Dallas

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness
Annual Walk Cities Selected for 2015


While suicide is a leading cause of death, it is preventable. As a nation, we have a mental health crisis.
Suicide Prevention Investment Needed to Reverse Trend of Increasing Suicide

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Statement on Latest CDC Report


AFSP Attends White House Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Briefing

On Monday, September 22, John Madigan, AFSP’s Vice President of Public Policy, and Trevor Summerfield, AFSP’s Manager of Federal Policy, attended the White House and Suicide Prevention Briefing.


AFSP’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Christine Moutier, Testifies on Capitol Hill

On Thursday, September 18th, 2014, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing led by Rep. Timothy Murphy on the topic of “Suicide Prevention and Treatment: Helping Loved Ones in Mental Health Crisis.”


Melissa shared her personal story as a survivor of suicide after losing her mother 25 years ago
Melissa d’Arabian Speaks to Congressional Spouses about Suicide Prevention

On Thursday, September 18, the Congressional Spouses for Suicide Prevention and Education held a congressional briefing on “Mental Health First Aid for your Family and Community” that featured Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian.


2014 Maui Comedy Festival to Benefit AFSP

The Maui Comedy Festival announced that it has partnered with AFSP as it's official national charitable recipient.


Joan Rivers: 1933-2014

Joan Rivers, you will be remembered for your brilliance as a comedian, but we at AFSP want to thank you for inspiring so many survivors of suicide loss to speak out and find their way forward after the death of a loved one.


AFSP is memorializing Robin Williams and promoting mental health awareness with a screening of Dead Poets Society
AFSP to Screen “Dead Poets Society” in Memoriam of Robin Williams During World Suicide Prevention Week on Sept. 10

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in partnership with movie/cause site eflixir.com and charity shopping site We-Care.com, is memorializing Robin Williams and promoting mental health awareness with a screening of Dead Poets Society during National Suicide Prevention Week, on Wednesday, September 10.


Suicide is Not Cowardly

Unfortunately, too much discussion around Robin Williams’s death by suicide has brought up questions like, Is suicide a selfish or cowardly act? Is it a choice?


AFSP’s Statement on the Death of Robin Williams

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers our condolences to Robin Williams’ family, his friends, and everyone touched by Robin’s generous spirit. Based on reports, we understand that Robin took his life by suicide.


The research is clear: inappropriate messaging of deaths by suicide can trigger others to attempt suicide.
Unsafe Reporting on Suicide Can Cost Lives

An Open Letter from AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia


Minority Mental Health Month: Why We NEED to be Part of this Movement

Minority populations need to be more involved with mental health because it is a silent killer in our communities.


Minority Mental Health Month: #NoShame Day and The Siwe Project

My name is Dionne Monsanto and I gave birth to a brilliant beautiful girl who took her life at 15 years old.


How incredible it was to see 2,200 people on both coasts walk a combined 33+ miles for suicide prevention
2014 Overnight Walks, Success from Coast to Coast

The 2014 Out of the Darkness Overnight Walks are now finished.


My Son Jeff

My son, Jeff, was born on March 6, 1979 and I knew he was special from the day he was born.


Op-Ed: “Black Box” Warning

A decade ago the federal government warned that antidepressants might raise the risk of suicide in youth and young adults. A substantial drop in the use of antidepressants followed, and instead of declining as hoped, suicide attempts have increased among people ages 10 to 29


Today, 250 advocates from all 50 states will “Take the Hill” as part of AFSP’s 2014 Advocacy Forum.
2014 Advocacy Forum

Advocates and volunteers will meet with members of Congress and their staff to share their personal stories, educate them about suicide prevention and mental health, and push for policies and legislation that can prevent suicide.


2013 Advocacy Forum

On June 13, advocates from 48 states and the District of Columbia visited all 100 Senate offices and all 435 House offices as part of AFSP’s fourth annual Advocacy Forum.


2012 Advocacy Forum

On February 8-9, more than 200 advocates from 34 states and the District of Columbia participated in AFSP's 2012 Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.


Advocates educated 260 offices on Capitol Hill about suicide prevention and discussed AFSP's 2011 Federal Policy Priorities.
2011 Advocacy Forum

On March 16-18, approximately 100 advocates from 35 states and the District of Columbia participated in AFSP's 2011 Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.