AFSP has dubbed their walks “Out of the Darkness” because part of their purpose is to make people more aware of mental health conditions.
Walk Wednesday: Who Could Recover From Such a Thing?

AFSP has dubbed their walks “Out of the Darkness” because part of their purpose is to make people more aware of mental health conditions.


Does Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Actually Change the Way the Brain Works?

This research breaks new ground by showing that impulse control-related brain activity may predict which high-risk patients are most likely to remain engaged and benefit from DBT.


A Beauty Queen Speaks Out About Suicide

There should be no more quiet conversations about suicide; there should be loud conversations about prevention.


Music is a powerful tool.
10 Feel Good Songs from AFSP Staffers!

Music is a powerful tool.


Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization Awards Over $4.35 Million in Research Grants

AFSP has awarded more than $4.3 million to researchers from around the world to study suicide prevention.


From Me to You

It’s been almost seven years since my dad passed. It still amazes me that I have lived seven years without the man who was my everything.


Today, July 11th is the 5th annual #NoShameDay.
#NoShameDay 2016

Today, July 11th is the 5th annual #NoShameDay.


A Brother’s Suicide, and a Grandfather’s Tradition

As hard as my brother’s story is for me to tell, my family and I believe that by doing so, we are honoring him.


Overcoming the Darkness

At its best, faith is about caring for the hurting and broken and helping people heal and restore themselves.


These resources can help if you or someone you know if struggling or in crisis.
Crisis Resources

These resources can help if you or someone you know if struggling or in crisis.


10 Feel Good Songs from AFSP Staffers!

Music is a powerful tool.


Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization “Training Critically Needed to Prevent Suicide in Youth”

We applaud the American Academy of Pediatrics for dedicating its resources to publishing a brave and bold report on such a critical topic.


Suicide is a serious topic. It is my firm belief that it doesn’t have to be a depressing topic.
A Very Special Episode: Fusion TV’s The Chris Gethard Show Takes a Funny Look at Mental Health

Suicide is a serious topic. It is my firm belief that it doesn’t have to be a depressing topic.


Mr. Wean Goes to Washington

Change might not come as fast as we’d like it to but what is fast becoming clear is that it will happen.


Nobody Said it was Easy

At some point I came to the realization that tomorrow was never going to be yesterday, no matter how much I might wish it to be.


We don’t have to memorialize Brett only on Fathers’ Day or any other special occasion but rather we can honor him throughout our days
All the Small Things

We don’t have to memorialize Brett only on Fathers’ Day or any other special occasion but rather we can honor him throughout our days


It’s Time to Start the Conversation

The happy memories of Tyler and the wonderful person he was, gives me strength every day.


Remembering Dad

My dad never met a stranger, he was one of those guys that would become best friends with the random person beside him on an airplane.


We’re pleased to honor Congressman Katko for his leadership in Congress in making mental health a priority
New York Congressman John Katko Given “Allies in Action” Award by Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization

We’re pleased to honor Congressman Katko for his leadership in Congress in making mental health a priority


AFSP Honors White House Staffer Bess Evans for Exceptional Service

We thank Ms. Evans for her collaboration, which has led to an important dialogue on how to advance suicide prevention


Senator Harry Reid Given Lifetime Achievement Award by Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization

We are proud to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Senator Reid in recognition of his distinguished career advocating for mental health


Through Senator Murray’s work, the Senate has been able to pass important suicide prevention legislation
Washington Senator Patty Murray Given Federal Award for Exemplary Service by Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization

Through Senator Murray’s work, the Senate has been able to pass important suicide prevention legislation


Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander Awarded for Exemplary Service by Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization

Through Senator Lamar’s leadership, the Senate has been able to pass important suicide prevention legislation


Melody Seiger Awarded Advocate of the Year Award by Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization

Melody is helping to change the conversation about suicide.


Even if you are not with us in Washington DC, you can still support our efforts!
Support #AFSPForum16 from Home!

Even if you are not with us in Washington D.C., you can still support our efforts!


Why Doesn’t Someone Do Something About This?

For 20 plus years I wondered why someone didn’t come forward and do something about this… and then I realized, I am someone. So I did it.


Representative Kelly Cassidy Awarded for Exemplary Work by Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization

With leaders across our nation who are willing to sponsor legislation that enhances mental health and suicide prevention like Representative Cassidy, we will be much closer to reaching our AFSP goal of reducing the suicide rate 20 percent by the year 2025.


Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $2.6 Million at the NYC Overnight Walk!
More than 2000 Walk all Night Through NYC

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $2.6 Million at the NYC Overnight Walk!


Creating a World Without Suicide One Step at a Time

We will bring light to those in darkness. But just in case you can’t look on the brightside? I will sit in the dark with you.


Representative Mike Schlossberg Awarded for Exemplary Work by Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization

AFSP will be giving an award to Representative Mike Schlossberg of PA’s 132nd district for his efforts in helping to prevent suicide.


AFSP will be giving an award to Representative Edie McClafferty of Montana for her efforts in helping to prevent suicide.
Representative McClafferty Awarded for Exemplary Work by Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization

AFSP will be giving an award to Representative Edie McClafferty of Montana for her efforts in helping to prevent suicide.


MURPHY, CASSIDY, ADVOCATES TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE CALLING FOR MENTAL HEALTH REFORM NOW

Call for action follows Senate Summit on Mental Health Reform


Over A Thousand People Walk All Night Through San Francisco

Thank you to all of our Walkers, Crew, volunteers, and donors for making this such an extraordinary event.


If just four sessions of wCBT can have such an impact, imagine the possibilities for suicide prevention.
Tackling High Rates of Depression and Suicidal Ideation in Medical Interns: Part 3 of 3

In this third and final study, Dr. Sen examined whether using web-based cognitive behavior therapy helped prevent depression and SI during the first year of internship.


Advocates Urge Louisiana Legislators to Prevent Suicides by Promoting Mental Health

I have turned my grief into something positive by joining AFSP in trying to bring about better understanding of all mental health issues


Advocates Visit New York State Capitol to Urge Lawmakers to Support Youth Suicide Prevention

More young people die by suicide than from cancer, homicide, heart disease, pneumonia, or diabetes.


On May 21 Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia will reunite once again at AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in San Francisco.
Man Saves Stranger from Suicide on Golden Gate Bridge, The Two Are Reunited 11 Years Later

On May 21 Kevin Briggs and Kevin Berthia will reunite once again at AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in San Francisco.


Largest Suicide Prevention Organization to Honor Members of Congress for Exceptional Service

Allies in Action Award Presentation, June 14 – Open to the Press


Depression in Medical Interns: Part 2 of a Special 3-Part Series

In this week’s Research Connection, we’ll take a look at the second of three studies, in which Dr. Srijan Sen attempts to find out if a reduction in the number of hours interns were allowed to work, as part of a 2011 duty hour reform, changed the rate of depression and SI.


Even though your child is not with you, they would want you to have a Mothers’ Day like the one you would have had if they were here
Grandmothers’ Day

Even though your child is not with you, they would want you to have a Mothers’ Day like the one you would have had if they were here


The Privilege of Being His Mom

Once the loss sunk in and integrated itself into my life, remembrance with smiles and heartfelt joy crept back in


I Don’t Miss Mothers’ Day: Mourning a Mother’s Death by Suicide

What to Get Your Emotionally Challenging Mom: Take Our Impossible-to-Get-Right Interactive Quiz!”


As I approach my tenth Mothers' Day without my child it’s still painful…but not impossible.
I Will Always Be a Mother

As I approach my tenth Mothers' Day without my child it’s still painful…but not impossible.


Wherever You Go, You Take Me With You!

Mother’s Day is a much more revered and cherished day for me now than it had ever been in the past.


I Will Always be Her Niña

Mothers’ Day cards are now being given to me, and yet my own mom always lingers around with me


Medical interns are known to have higher rates of major depression and suicidal ideation (SI) than the general population.
Tackling High Rates of Depression and Suicidal Ideation in Medical Interns: Part 1 of 3

In 2008 and 2009, Dr. Sen invited almost 1,400 medical interns who were starting internships at 13 hospitals to participate in the study.


The 28th Annual Lifesavers Gala

Thank you to our wonderful host, our dinner chair and our four incredible honorees.


Mental Health Awareness Month!

Please join us in spreading the message that suicide is preventable and it starts with being smart about our mental health.


Many of my closest colleagues have achieved this award and I feel that this a crowning moment in my career.
Research Dinner: Dr. Alan Apter

Many of my closest colleagues have achieved this award and I feel that this a crowning moment in my career.


Four Major Organizations Come Together to Applaud Mayor Bowser and the DC City Council for Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Bill

This law is especially important in protecting our nation’s most important resource— our children.


Lifesavers Gala: Senator Creigh Deeds (VA)

Gus was brilliant, talented and athletic. I remain very proud of him and am not ashamed of the way that he died.


There are so many amazing champions doing tremendous work all over the country, and I am proud to work alongside them in this effort.
Lifesavers Gala: Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen

I believe that by educating all Americans on the Five Signs of emotional suffering, we can change the culture of mental health so that all in need receive the care and support they deserve.


The Overnight Walk to Fight Suicide in New York – Press Registration Opens

Press registration is opened for the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in NYC. Registration is required for press covering the event.


The Overnight Walk to Fight Suicide in San Francisco – Press Registration Opens

Press registration is opened for the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in San Francisco. Registration is required for press covering the event.


We applaud the CDC for taking a closer look at the data related to suicide (click for more)
Middle-Aged Americans (45-64) are Dying by Suicide at an Increasing Rate

We applaud the CDC for taking a closer look at the data related to suicide, as this is a critically important health care issue that deserves our full attention.


Suicide is Leading Cause of Violent Death for People from Arkansas

Suicide is the leading cause of injury related deaths for Arkansans between the ages of 20 and 64


Inclusion of Suicide Prevention Language in Education Bill Applauded by Largest Suicide Prevention Organization

HB 7029 contains a very important section pertaining to suicide prevention


Amy’s story is just one of the thousands that make up the Overnight.
Thousands Walk From Dusk Until Dawn To Fight Suicide

For survivors of suicide loss like Amy, Elliot and Janice, the Overnight Walks are a way to feel supported by a community of people who have gone through a similar experience. For those with a connection to the cause, the Overnight Walks provide a sense of camaraderie and a welcoming environment.


Finding Purpose in the Overnight Walk

There are no words to express our loss, but together we move forward, one step at a time.


Advocates Urge Illinois Legislators to Prevent Suicides by Promoting Mental Health

"Through our advocacy, we hope to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of not devoting attention and resources to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions," said Stephen Moore, co-chair of the AFSP Illinois Chapter.


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-34 in Ohio
Advocates Host “Suicide Prevention Day at Ohio’s Capitol”

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-34 in Ohio


Advocates Visit Pennsylvania State Capitol to Encourage Lawmakers to Support Suicide Prevention Legislation

Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for people aged 55-64 in Pennsylvania.


National Sibling Day: Losing One of Our Own

The only reason why suicide is a hard word, is because we make it hard. We created the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health issues.


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-34 in Massachusetts
Advocates Visit Boston to Encourage Continued Investment in Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-34 in Massachusetts


Creating a Life Worth Living and Falling In Love with It

The Overnight Walk is my way to embrace and recover from my fear. I believe that it is important to talk loudly and often about mental health.


Over a Thousand People to Walk in June From Dusk Until Dawn To Fight Suicide In New York City

For those with a connection to the cause, the Overnight Walks provide a sense of camaraderie and a welcoming environment.


I keep a little folder called “Why I Love My Job,” and it’s filled with walker exchanges that are really meaningful to me.
Overnight Walker Coach Profile: Meghan

I keep a little folder in Outlook called “Why I Love My Job,” and it’s filled with walker emails and exchanges that are really meaningful to me.


Advocates Visit Montgomery to Encourage Suicide Prevention Legislation

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 25-34 in Alabama


Advocates visit Capitol to Support Mental Health

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 25-34 in South Carolina


The grief of losing someone to suicide is incredibly difficult, and the way survivors experience grief can change over time.
Long-Term Survivors of Suicide Loss Now Have a Place to Go

The grief of losing someone to suicide is incredibly difficult, and the way survivors experience grief can change over time.


As Their Journey Continues, Long Term Suicide Loss Survivors Get an Event All Their Own

Beyond that initial period of intense grief -- which of course varies for everyone -- the loss becomes part of the fabric of one’s life.


Advocates Visited New Jersey State Capitol to Encourage Suicide Prevention Training in Schools and for Health Care Workers

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 25-34 in New Jersey


By adopting SB877, the legislature will send a message that suicide prevention is and should be a priority for California.
Better Data Will Help Prevent Suicides in California

By adopting SB877, the legislature will send a message that suicide prevention is and should be a priority for California.


Making Sense of Columbine: A Conversation with Sue Klebold

A conversation between AFSP's Dr. Christine Moutier and Sue Klebold.


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

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24 in Mississippi, and the fourth leading cause of death for adults aged 25-34.


AFSP invites you to photograph our 28th Annual Lifesavers Gala in New York City.
A Night to Fight Suicide at Lincoln Center

AFSP invites you to photograph our 28th Annual Lifesavers Gala in New York City.


OVERNIGHT WALKER COACH PROFILE: REBECCA

I am so grateful to be honoring my dad everyday through my work.


Telling My Story for the First Time at the Overnight Walk

Sharing our stories is the easiest way for us to spread awareness. Tell your story often, and tell it proudly.


AFSP is pleased to announce this year’s Lifesavers Gala honorees
Announcing the 2016 AFSP Lifesavers Gala Honorees

AFSP is pleased to announce this year’s distinguished group of honorees who will be recognized at the Foundation’s 28th Annual Lifesavers Gala on May 3 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.


Making Strides in Suicide Prevention Education with AFSP Los Angeles

I realize how vital it is that we empower the members of our communities to feel comfortable asking for help with mental health issues


Over twice as many people in Missouri die by suicide than by homicide.
Advocates from AFSP to Visit Missouri Lawmakers to Urge Their Support for School Suicide Prevention Bills

Over twice as many people in Missouri die by suicide than by homicide.


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

Suicide is the leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 in Nebraska, and the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-34.


Overnight Walker Coach Profile: Melissa

Working so closely with our walkers, we know that they put so much effort and heart into their Overnight preparation. So, being able to thank and congratulate them in person for all of their hard work and effort is an incredible feeling.


Creating a culture that's smart about mental health.
Mental Health Awareness

Creating a culture that's smart about mental health.


Advocates from AFSP Visit Montpelier to Meet with Lawmakers

Suicide is the eighth 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.


Publicity surrounding suicide has been repeatedly and definitively linked to a subsequent increase in suicide, especially among young people
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.


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”


Schools need to have policies and procedures in place to help students before, during, and after a suicide crisis
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


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.


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.


Healing is a process. It’s the direction that we are headed.
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 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.


We are pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid in collaboration with the National Council for another year.
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.


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.


Survivor Day provides a safe environment for people to let their guard down.
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


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.


AFSP Supports Our Veterans

Each day we lose roughly 20 veterans to suicide in the United States, that’s nearly one every hour. 20% of the nation’s suicide deaths are veterans. AFSP is dedicated to working to stop this trend.


Are teens who inject drugs at greater risk for suicidal behavior than teens that use other methods for taking the same drugs?
Substance Abuse in Teens Linked to Greater Suicide Risk

Using this theory, Dr. Liu proposed that the use of injected substances, as opposed to other methods of using the same drugs, like smoking or inhaling, may be a marker for greater suicide risk.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Launches Project 2025

Project 2025 will provide new insights into which strategies can most effectively fight suicide and save lives.


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.


Can engaging family help prevent repeat suicide attempts among youth seen in the emergency department for a suicide attempt?
The SAFETY Program: A Family Intervention for Emergency Departments

Dr. Jennifer Hughes and her mentor Dr. Joan Asarnow developed the SAFETY Program, a novel social-ecological treatment that includes cognitive behavioral therapy.


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


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.


The largest suicide prevention organization in the U.S., AFSP, has several experts available for interviews in advance.
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.


Approaching the Genetics of Suicide

Are there genes related specifically to suicide?


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


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.


Fathers’ Day 2015: Remembering Michael

Rebecca is a staff member at AFSP


Above all she felt her life was not worth living and she wanted to end it by her own hands.
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.


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.


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


Using Virtual Patients in Suicide Risk Assessment Training

When training medical students to assess for suicide risk and bipolar disorder, will they learn equally well from interacting with a virtual patient compared with watching a video interview?


We look forward to walking with thousands of people in Boston. Together, we can put a stop to this tragic loss of life.
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.


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.


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 every one
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.


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.


According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 1 million Americans attempt suicide every year in the United States.
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


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.


Investigating Suicidal Thinking in Men in Prison

What factors contribute to suicidal thinking in men serving time in prison?


It is imperative that we pass this legislation immediately – our children and youth are in need of our protection.
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.


Now Matters Now: An Online Suicide Prevention Intervention

What messages are helpful in an online intervention for suicidal people?


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.


Impact of Cigarette Policies on Suicide Rates

Can tobacco-related policies have an impact on suicide rates?


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.


If AFSP wants to reach our goal of reducing suicide in the U.S. by 20 percent in 2025, we need to start with our military service members.
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.


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.


Stress and Genes Linked to Suicide Attempts

Do genes related to stress contribute to suicide attempts, and are some people more prone to stress-related suicidal behavior?


As former “Champions of Change” awardees, AFSP applauds all of those honored today
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


Suicide Prevention Investment Needed to Reverse Trend of Increasing Suicide

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Statement on Latest CDC Report


AFSP's John Madigan and Trevor Summerfield, attended the White House and Suicide Prevention Briefing.
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 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.


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


The response to the survey was impressive, with 693 of 979 men completing the questionnaires.
Surviving Prostate Cancer Yet Thinking About Suicide

We need to know more about the factors that contribute to this suicide risk.


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


ABFT introduces five tasks aimed at reducing family distress and improving family functioning.
Your Teen Has Just Made a Suicide Attempt, Now What?

When family members struggle emotionally the dynamic at home is disrupted. AFSP Distinguished Investigator Guy Diamond, Ph.D., has developed Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for suicidal teens to help families reconnect and better manage communication and problem solving.


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.


Advocates educated 287 offices on Capitol Hill about suicide prevention and discussed AFSP's 2012 Federal Policy Priorities.
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.


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.