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. Participants heard from numerous panels on Wednesday, March 16, in preparation for their visits to Capitol Hill. Presenters covered the basics of advocacy, briefed participants on AFSP’s federal public policy priorities and Dr. Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, discussed the role of research in suicide prevention.
On Thursday, March 17, Advocates educated 260 offices on Capitol Hill about suicide prevention and discussed AFSP’s 2011 Federal Policy Priorities. Following a day of hill visits volunteers and staff from AFSP honored its 2011 “Allies in Action” Award winners at a reception in the U.S. Capitol.
The Forum wrapped up on Friday with panels on state/local issues with a keynote address by Major General Mark Graham and wife Carol, titled “Our Story.”
A special thanks to AFSP’s advocates for their commitment to and passion for preventing suicide.
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