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AFSP Illinois

The Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide through education, research, outreach, and advocacy.

About the AFSP Illinois 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.


Request L.E.T.S. Save Lives

Bring Education to Your Community

Order FREE suicide prevention materials

Request a Speaker to Present AFSP Programs

Conversations of Courage: a caregiver-guided activity journal for the child of suicide loss

Get Involved!

Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk - walk, volunteer, sponsor or donate!

Community Walks



For further information or inquiries, email [email protected]. For media inquiries please contact The Ripson Group at 312-493-5921.

Supporting AFSP allows the organization to continue its important work to help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP focuses on support, advocacy, research and education initiatives to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Chapter contact

Angela Cummings
Executive Director
[email protected]
Diana Cazares
Special Events Manager & Director, Chicagoland Out of the Darkness Walk
[email protected]
(312) 802-9714
Luma Bonilla-Webster
Programs Manager
[email protected]

Upcoming events and activities

  • AFSP IL | Talk Saves Lives: LGBTQ (Pride KickOff)

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  • Northwestern University Campus Walk

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  • Soul Shop for Black Churches hosted by New Life Community Church and AFSP Illinois

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  • Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training (Adult Focus) - Illinois

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  • Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training (Adult Focus) - Illinois

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  • safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training, hosted by AFSP IL and WNNS

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  • Chicagoland Walk

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  • West Central Illinois Walk

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  • Rockford Area Walk

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  • Quad Cities Illinois Walk

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  • Madison County Walk

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  • Springfield Illinois Walk

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  • Macomb/McDonough County Walk

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  • Monroe County Walk

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  • Greater Peoria Walk

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  • Kankakee County Walk

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  • Quincy Walk

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  • Bloomington/Normal Walk

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  • East Central Illinois Walk

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  • LaSalle County Walk

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  • Race AFSP 2024

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  • St. Clair County Walk

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

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L.E.T.S. Save Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention for Black and African American Communities

L.E.T.S. Save Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention for the Black Community is a presentation designed to reduce cultural stigma, foster conversations about mental health, and raise awareness of suicide prevention for individuals who identify as Black or African American.

Learn about suicide prevention research

Thanks to our donors, we are the largest private funder of suicide prevention research

Advocate for suicide prevention

Learn how American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Volunteer Advocates are helping our public policy office in Washington, D.C. to pass suicide prevention policies that will save lives.

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.

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Stories and updates

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Illinois Media

AFSP Illinois Chapter Media Appearances

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AFSP Illinois Chapter Leadership

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Illinois Chapter Volunteer Chapter Board

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Illinois Loss and Healing Videos

Watch our volunteers, Erika Barber and Edmond Yomtoob, speak about loss and healing in these videos.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dimpel Patel

Volunteer Spotlight: Dimple Patel, on Advice for Young People

To get involved, find your local chapter and check out the volunteer opportunities at the array of programs and events offered year-round!

Meg Graf

Bringing the Results of Suicide Prevention Research to Local Communities: A Spotlight Interview with Meg Graf

Meg Graf of Illinois discusses her personal connection to the cause, and how her community has benefited from the program.