2019 Advocacy Forum — AFSP

Through our work at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we know there are actions our nation must take to reduce the annual suicide rate and support the one in five Americans who will experience a mental health condition at some time in their lives.

Each year at the annual Advocacy Forum, members of the AFSP community gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with Members of Congress and convince them to invest in real care to support strong mental health services. Tune in via the Virtual Forum and learn more about our key positions.

Featured Speakers

  • The Honorable Robert Wilkie
    Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • The Honorable Paul Tonko
    U.S. Congressman, New York
  • The Honorable Charles Boustany
    Former U.S. Congressman, Louisiana
  • The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy
    Former U.S. Congressman, Rhode Island
  • John Draper, Ph.D.
    Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Jane L. Pearson, Ph.D.
    Special Advisor to the Director on Suicide Research, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Michael Linskey
    Deputy Director of Congressional and Political Affairs, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Paul Bonta
    Director of Government Relations, Safe States Alliance
  • Jonah Cunningham
    Government Relations Manager, Trust for America’s Health
  • Ashley Womble
    Head of Communications, Crisis Text Line
  • Michael Petruzzelli
    Manager of Policy and Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Tashia Arnold
    Program Coordinator, Center for Native American Youth
  • Alfiee M. Breland Noble, Ph.D.
    CEO, The AAKOMA Project and Center, PLLC
  • Sam Brinton
    Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project
  • Ryan Gallucci
    Director, National Veterans Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars

What We're Asking For

  1. Increase funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK)
  2. Invest in suicide prevention research within the National Institute of Mental Health
  3. Fund suicide prevention education and programs at SAMHSA & CDC
  4. Invest in mental health care for service members, veterans, and their families
  5. Fully enforce the Federal Mental Health Parity Law
  6. Pass legislation that supports suicide prevention and increased access to mental health and substance use disorder resources and services

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