Supporting Diverse Communities

As a health organization, AFSP is dedicated to addressing the mental health and suicide prevention needs among minority populations. We are committed to a process of change knowing that long-term, sustained efforts are needed to improve access to culturally informed, evidence-based quality mental health care. We will continue to speak out about the inequities across many aspects of society, especially related to access to healthcare for underrepresented communities, and to advocate for ending these disparities.

We know that there is much work to do, and that’s why AFSP has made new commitments to:

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    • Reflect, learn, and improve upon our own organizational diversity and inclusion.
    • Prioritize diverse communities, believing that every family, youth, adult and community should have the resources and knowledge to discuss mental health concerns, connect with support, and have access to effective mental health care and suicide prevention resources, as outlined in our three-year strategic plan.
    • Stimulate and fund research related to minority communities, health disparities and inequities with the support of AFSP’s Scientific Council. This will include a priority on these research areas as well as on funding researchers from underrepresented backgrounds. 
    • Enter into a partnership with the National Latino Behavioral Health Association to collaboratively advance Latino suicide prevention. Our organizations will work together to support programs, campaigns, training, workforce development and other initiatives on mental health and suicide prevention in the Latino community.
    • Convene leading experts in minority mental health and suicide prevention through a Town Hall series to engage in education, advocacy and public understanding to close the gap and ensure we are working to better understand and meet the needs of diverse communities.

    We all have a role to play, and invite individuals, communities, organizations and thought leaders to join us in our efforts to create long-lasting changes in mental health equity and to prevent suicide among underrepresented communities. 

    Discover minority mental health resources

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    Voices in minority mental health

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    Resources and programs

    Minority mental health resources

    Find resources for suicide prevention focused on supporting individuals in diverse and minority communities.

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    Talk Saves Lives TM

    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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    Can a Community Program Reduce Suicidal Ideation and Behavior in Latina Adolescents?

    Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts occur at higher rates in adolescent Latinas than among girls from other ethnic groups.

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    What are the risk factors for suicide in rural Chinese elderly?

    Learning from this study in China can help us to understand more about what contributes to suicide around the world.

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    Ethics Talk: Antiracism, Health Equity, and a Post-COVID Future

    Ethics Talk: Antiracism, Health Equity, and a Post-COVID Future

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    Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Series from PBS

    Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Series from PBS

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    APA News: Sounding the alarm on black youth suicide

    Sounding the alarm on black youth suicide

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    Ring the Alarm The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America

    Ring the Alarm The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America

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    Mental Health America Resources on BIPOC Mental Health

    BIPOC Mental Health

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    Connection makes a difference

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