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

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For media requests: Alexis O’Brien, AFSP PR Director, 347-826-3577, [email protected]

PHOENIX, AZ (January 23, 2017) – Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and it is the eighth leading cause of death in Arizona. On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 22 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 support legislation that makes suicide prevention and mental health care a top priority for the coming year.

“The AFSP Arizona State Capitol Day is a special day for all Arizonians who have dealt with a personal story of suicide. This day allows us to stand up and spread the word about the great work AFSP does in creating education programs and providing tools and resources to help save lives. Our volunteers share their stories about why they participate in this advocacy effort with their state legislators to give a human face to this important health problem. We hope that by sharing our stories, we will help the legislators understand and prioritize suicide prevention. This will make a long-term difference in our communities and hopefully save lives,” said April Kelly, volunteer with the AFSP Arizona chapter.

This is the fourth annual State Capitol Day in Arizona. Ms. Kelly is part of a larger national contingent of AFSP volunteer advocates who will be visiting 35 state capitols across the United States in the spring of 2017 to bring best practices in suicide prevention to state legislators and their staff.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.