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AFSP Central Texas

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities.

About the AFSP Central Texas Chapter

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

It's Community Walk Season!

The Community Walks, held in hundreds of cities across the country, are the core of the Out of the Darkness movement, which began in 2004. These events give people the courage to open up about their own connections to the cause, and a platform to create a culture that’s smarter about mental health. Friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers walk side-by-side, supporting each other and in memory of those we’ve lost.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.

Register today and be part of the movement to walk #OutOftheDarkness.

Waco Walk| 09/28/24

Austin Walk| 10/26/24

We're an official charity for the 2025 Austin Marathon Gives Program!

Come back in September for more details on how to run for AFSP or volunteer on race day. 

Chapter contact

Jayne Whisnant
Area Director, Central Texas
[email protected]

Upcoming events and activities

  • Texas Together: L.E.T.S. Save Lives

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  • Texas Together: It's Real Training for Trainers

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  • Texas Together: It's Real College Students and Mental Health

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  • Texas Together: Introduction to Supporting Those at Risk

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  • Texas Together: Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention for Latinx and Hispanic Communitie ...

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  • Texas Together: Talk Saves Lives

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  • Texas Together: It's Real - Middle School

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  • Waco Walk

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  • Austin Walk

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  • Looking for even more? See all AFSP virtual programs across the country.

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National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week is a moment in time in which we rally the public to create awareness of this leading cause of death, and inspire more and more people to learn how they can play a role in their communities in helping to save lives. 

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Teens and suicide: What parents should know

As a parent, you can approach suicide prevention in the same way you do other safety or health issues for your children. By educating yourself, you can learn what puts kids at greatest risk for suicide – and what protects them most strongly.

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Talk Saves Lives™

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Healing Conversations:
Personal Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Healing Conversations gives survivors of suicide loss the opportunity to speak with volunteers, who are themselves loss survivors.

An introduction to firearms and suicide prevention

There is promising evidence that providing suicide prevention training for those who influence a specific community can reduce the suicide risk for that community.

Everyone deserves access to mental health care

Supporting diverse communities

AFSP is committed to working with diverse communities, organizations and policy makers to ensure that culturally relevant mental health resources are equitably available across the nation.

What to do when someone is at risk

If you think someone is thinking about suicide, assume you are the only one who will reach out. Here’s how to talk to someone who may be struggling with their mental health.

Elevating Voices for Long-Lasting Change, A Town Hall Series

Through an ongoing town hall series, Elevating the Voices in Our Field with Expertise in Diverse Communities, AFSP is convening experts in mental health and suicide prevention from diverse communities to help elevate voices, improve public understanding of their range of experiences, and support their unique needs.

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Stories and updates

Volunteers Celebrate Award

Central Texas Chapter Received National Recognition

The 2024 Chapter Leadership Conference, a pivotal event in the AFSP calendar, provided an invaluable opportunity for chapter leaders from across the nation to gather, share best practices, and strategize for the year ahead.

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My Why Is Also Me

Now my Why is not only the person I helped to save when I was 18 – and over a dozen other people close to me who have struggled with depression, anxiety, and/or suicidal ideation. My Why is also me. 

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Bringing Understanding to Communities Through the Research Connection Program

Suicide prevention is important to me because I want to be a voice for people who don’t have that voice.

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Advocating for Veteran Suicide Prevention in Central Texas

As an Army veteran, knowing that AFSP supports legislation that makes suicide prevention a priority for Veterans, Service Members, and their families is very important to me.

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Healing Starts with a Conversation: Finding My Purpose as a Survivor

I began to understand that my mom’s suicide wasn’t the end of my life, but the beginning of me finding my purpose. I am now the Board Chair for the Central Texas Chapter

Suicide Facts and Figures: Texas 2018

Advocates to Be the Voice for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health in Austin

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the eleventh leading cause of death in Texas.