Advocacy — AFSP


Advocates like you help pass policies that will save lives

Suicide prevention for schools, training for clinicians, funding for mental health programs: advocates make suicide prevention a priority

Our Public Policy Office gives our volunteers the tools they need to advocate for suicide prevention at all levels of government.

Become an advocate

Visit the AFSP Action Center to stay up to date on the federal and state bills that need your support

Putting our government to work: federal and state priorities

AFSP Advocates have won many victories at both federal and state levels, including mandatory suicide prevention programs for schools and landmark legislation like the Excellence in Mental Health Act.

Public policy priorities

State Fact Sheets

AFSP’s state fact sheets provide suicide statistics and policy information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Get the facts

Annual Advocacy Forum and State Capitol Days

AFSP organizes advocacy days in Washington, D.C. and at state capitols to empower volunteer Field Advocates to meet with their public officials and encourage their support for suicide prevention policies.

Attend an event

Resources for Advocates

Find the resources you need to advocate with your public officials for suicide prevention.

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Public Policy Internships

Consider an internship with AFSP’s Advocacy and Public Policy Office in Washington, D.C.

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Contact your local AFSP chapter to bring advocacy to your community