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AFSP Virginia

Our chapter serves all of Virginia except for Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties and the City of Alexandria. For these locations, visit Our mailing address is: AFSP Virginia, PO Box 333, Midlothian, VA 23113.

About the AFSP Virginia Chapter

Welcome to the Virginia Chapter of the American Foundation for suicide prevention!  

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.

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Our chapter serves all of Virginia with the exceptions of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties and the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia. For these locations, visit  Our mailing address is:  PO Box 333, Midlothian, VA 23113.

Our Virginia Chapter Leadership includes:

Executive Board Team:
Winter Brooks (Stephens City) - Board Chair
Matthew Austin (Moseley) - Vice Chair 
Dr. Cassie Glenn (Virginia Beach) - Board President
Sean Higdon (Midlothian) - Treasurer
Shannon Sullivan (Ruther Glen) - Secretary

Board Members:
Briddge (Virginia Beach) - Board Member
Lorrie Eanes (Danville) - Board Member
Kevin Long (Bridgewater) - Board Member
Katherine Martinez (Virginia) - Board Member
Robert Noriega (Richmond) - Board Member & Project 2025 Champion
Ronald North, Jr. (Waynesboro) - Board Member & LGBTQ Ambassador
Shirley Ramsey (Glen Allen) - Board Member & Chapter Founder
Stephanie Schlesinger (Richmond) - Board Member
Scott Stevens (Christiansburg) - Board Member
Carl Trost (Staunton) - Board Member

Virginia Chapter Founder:  Shirley Ramsey (Glen Allen)

Virginia Chapter Social Media Ambassador:  Cassie Hairston (Forest) 

Virginia Chapter LGBTQ Ambassador: Ronald North, Jr. (Waynesboro)

Chapter contact:

Kathe Goller, CVA
Virginia Executive Director
[email protected]
(540) 447-0113
Markita Madden
Virginia Programs Manager
[email protected]
(540) 718-2221
Emily Bacalis
Virginia Special Events Manager
[email protected]
(202) 839-2174

Upcoming events

It’s Real

It’s Real is a documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country.

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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.

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports hundreds of large and small events around the world, in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.

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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.

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