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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week - #KeepGoing

In the era of Covid-19, as we all try to protect our mental health and cope with uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. You don’t have to be a mental health professional to make a difference. There are simple things we can all do to safeguard our mental health, and you don’t have to do it alone. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, to advocating for smart suicide prevention legislation, to having a #RealConvo about your own or others’ mental health, to bringing education programs to your community, we can all learn new ways to help each other save lives. Together, we #KeepGoing.

National Suicide Prevention Week events calendar events calendar

  • Twitter Chat #ElevateTheConvo 4th Annual Get Ready for NSPW

    August 21 @ 12 am GMT+0

    Hosted by Sally Spencer-Thomas and co-hosted by @AFSPnational

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  • Twitter Chat #BeThere

    September 1 @ 6 pm GMT+0

    Led by the Action Alliance and co-hosted by @AFSPnational; follow along on Twitter with #BeThere

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  • Facebook Live hosted by Active Minds with Therapy for Black Girls, JED Foundation, Trevor Project, Steve Fund, Born this Way, and AFSP's CEO, Robert Gebbia

    September 1 @ 8 pm GMT+0

    Participants include:

    • Alison Malmon, Founder and CEO of Active Minds, moderator
    • Joy Bradford, Founder of Therapy for Black Girls
    • Robert Gebbia, CEO of AFSP
    • John MacPhee, CEO of JED Foundation
    • Amit Paley, CEO of Trevor Project
    • Sandra Timmons, Executive Director of Steve Fund
    • Maya Enista Smith, Executive Director, Born This Way Foundation
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  • #KeepGoing Streaming Campaign on Tiltify

    All Day, September 5 – All Day, September 13

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  • Twitter Chat led by @afspnational and co-hosted with American Association of Suicidology, JED Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Movember Foundation, Human Rights Campaign

    September 8 @ 6 pm GMT+0

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  • Entercom’s I'm Listening: Live with Dr. Chris!

    September 9 @ 12 am GMT+0

    AFSP's CMO Dr. Christine Moutier will be a guest on the show airing via

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  • World Suicide Prevention Day

    All Day, September 10

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  • Self Care is for Everyone Instagram Live with Doreen Marshall

    September 10 @ 5 pm GMT+0

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  • World Suicide Prevention Day Twitter Chat

    September 10 @ 6 pm GMT+0

    Hosted by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and co-hosted by @afspnational

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  • Allies in Action Live Awards Event

    September 10 @ 7 pm GMT+0

    Join AFSP as we present the Sandy Martin Field Advocates of the Year, Allies in Action, Perspicacity Awards, and the Innovations in Suicide Prevention Awards. The event will feature remarks from members of Congress and a keynote presentation from David Wasserman who will provide an outlook on the Presidential and Congressional races this November.

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  • Mental Health & Suicide Prevention in the Era of COVID-19 webinar

    September 14 @ 7 pm GMT+0 – September 14 @ 7:30 pm GMT+0

    Join representatives from AFSP, the Action Alliance, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Recovery Innovations International as we discuss necessary reform in mental health parity, crisis lines, and health systems.

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  • #MentalHealthforUS Twitter Chat co-hosted by AFSP

    September 16 @ 6 pm GMT+0 – September 16 @ 7 pm GMT+0

    Mental Health for US will hold a Twitter chat in honor of National Recovery Month and National Suicide Prevention Month. AFSP will co-host. Follow on Twitter at #MentalHealthforUS.

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  • AFSP Town Hall: Elevating Voices for Long-Lasting Change

    September 17 @ 7 pm GMT+0 – September 17 @ 8 pm GMT+0

    In the third Town Hall in the series, “Preventing Suicide in BIPOC Communities: Ways Forward,”  Dr. Christine Moutier will lead a moderated one-hour discussion focused on policy opportunities and initiatives, with audience Q&A on Facebook Live.

    Guest panelists include:

    • Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Task Force on Black Youth Suicide
    • Michael Lindsey, Ph.D., MSW, MPH, Executive Director, NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and Constance & Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies; Chair, Working Group of Congressional Black Caucus Task Force on Black Youth Suicide
    • Nikki Pitre, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Executive Director at the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute

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  • CVS Healthline: Prioritizing Mental Health Care and Suicide Prevention

    All Day, September 22

    This panel discussion, in partnership with CVS Health/Aetna, will feature AFSP’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Christine Moutier and other guests for a conversation about suicide prevention and the growing rates of suicide across America, including among young people and the Black community. Check out our social media accounts on 9/22 to view the panel conversation.

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  • K-12 Suicide Prevention Policies for Back to School webinar

    September 22 @ 7 pm GMT+0 – September 22 @ 7:30 pm GMT+0

    Learn about the federal and state policies and legislation that can prevent suicide and support positive mental health in the K-12 school setting.

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  • "I'm Listening" presented by Entercom

    All Day, September 23

    Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and one of the largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., will broadcast the fourth annual “I’m Listening,” a live national program that brings together artists, athletes, Dr. Moutier, and other guests to raise awareness about mental health. The two-hour special will air nationwide and, for the first time, in primetime at 6 p.m. (your local time),  Wednesday, September 23 across more than 230 Entercom stations and RADIO.COM livestream.

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  • AFSP's CMO Dr. Christine Moutier on WebMD with Dr. Neha Pathak on Instagram Live

    September 24 @ 7 pm GMT+0 – September 24 @ 7:15 pm GMT+0

    WebMD Medical Editor Dr. Neha Pathak joins Dr. Moutier for an Instagram Live conversation on recognizing the signs of suicide and what to do if someone is exhibiting those signs. Tune in to watch @AFSPnational on Instagram.

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  • Universal Music Roundtable Panel: A Conversation about Mental Health with AFSP CMO, Dr. Christine Moutier

    September 24 @ 8 pm GMT+0 – September 22 @ 9 pm GMT+0

    Join AFSP @AFSPnational for another ‘Semicolon Sessions’ at 4 pm ET, September 24 in collaboration with Universal Musical @1824, @uatumg and Artist Victoria La Mala @victorialamala talking about the importance of Mental Health and the LatinX community. Each attendee will receive a 3 month subscription to @calm.  Coupons from Self Care is for Everyone on #keepgoing merch. This event is moderated by Jamé Jackson (@theblondemisfit) a fashion and beauty activist, culture commentator and media personality.

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  • Seize the Awkward: Instagram Story Expert Q&A

    All Day, September 25

    For our Seize the Awkward campaign in partnership with the Ad Council and The Jed Foundation, AFSP will lead an Instagram Story Expert Q&A with Dr. Moutier answer questions from young adults on mental health. Tune in on @SeizetheAwkward on Instagram.f

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  • Dr. Doreen Marshall with Kenneth Cole’s Mental Health Coalition

    September 25 @ 5 pm GMT+0 – September 25 @ 6 pm GMT+0

    Dr. Doreen Marshall joins Kenneth Cole’s Mental Health Coalition to discuss the warning signs for suicide, and what people can do if they think someone is at risk. 1 p.m. ET on Instagram Live @afspnational.

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  • Ask Dr. Jill on The Mighty

    September 30 @ 8 pm GMT+0

    Tune in for Ask Dr. Jill: Things We Can All do to Prevent Suicide in partnership with The Mighty. Tune in here:

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Stories to #KeepGoing

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Walk to fight suicide

Walkers like us make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.

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Resources and programs

National Suicide Prevention Week 2020 Partner Toolkit

National Suicide Prevention Week 2020 Partner Toolkit

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Simple Actions You Can Take to Help Prevent Suicide

Simple Actions You Can Take to Help Prevent Suicide

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Self-Care Strategies for Resilience

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Have a #RealConvo

You don’t need special training to have an open, authentic conversation about mental health. Often, just talking about it can be the first important step in understanding someone and helping them get support or treatment if needed.

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Mental Health and COVID-19

We are amid an unprecedented public health crisis, yet we also have an extraordinary opportunity to come together within our families and our communities to reduce the stigma that often surrounds mental health.

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Hope in the Mailbox

Hope in the Mailbox

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Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention

The Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention provides a thorough plan for school districts to implement suicide prevention policies in their community.

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Suicide prevention resources

Find resources for suicide prevention for your or someone you know.

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More Than Sad

More Than Sad has taught over a million students and educators how to be smarter about mental health.

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It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health

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

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