Public Policy Webinar Series

The AFSP Advocacy and Public Policy staff invite you to join us for our Policy Webinar Series. These webinars will help you to update your skills and tools so that you can more effectively advocate for suicide prevention, education, and research, and for achieving AFSP’s federal and state policy priorities.

For more information about AFSP’s Policy Webinar Series, please contact us at [email protected].

Working Together for Success: AFSP Field Ambassadors, State Suicide Prevention Coordinators, and Garrett Lee Smith Grantees – July 26, 2016

Hosted jointly by AFSP and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), this webinar introduces AFSP Field Ambassadors, state suicide prevention coordinators, and Garrett Lee Smith Grantees to each other and describes each group’s work in detail. Through learning more about each other, AFSP and SPRC hope to encourage more local connections and partnerships, which can increase effectiveness of our collective work, avoid duplication of efforts, and open up new opportunities.  Examples of successful partnerships in several states across the U.S. are provided.

Watch a recast of the webinar.

AFSP and the NOW Campaign – December 11, 2015

This webinar goes into detail about how AFSP and the NOW Campaign are asking our nation’s policymakers, business leaders, and 2016 presidential candidates to take the NOW pledge, which is based on six proven and cost-effective strategies that will transform mental health and addiction in America.

Watch a recast of the webinar.

Open Enrollment Begins Nov 1: Learn how you or someone you know can get mental health and substance use insurance coverage – October 13 & December 10, 2015

AFSP recognizes that one of the best ways to prevent suicide is by recognizing and treating depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental health conditions. There are biological and psychological treatments that can help address the underlying health issues that put people at risk for suicide.

In order to access these treatments, millions of Americans count on quality and affordable health insurance coverage.

AFSP’s webinars around Open Enrollment are aimed to educate AFSP volunteers, staff, and the general public on the approaching open enrollment period for the insurance marketplace (Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016), and how you or someone you know can get quality, affordable mental health and substance use disorder coverage.

Watch a recast of the 10-13 Webinar with the Young Invincibles.

Watch a recast of the 12-10 webinar with Enroll America.

AFSP’s New Volunteer Advocacy Program (Field Advocate program re-launch) – September 16, 2015

This webinar is intended for our Field Advocate audience.  Watch this webinar for a brief introduction to AFSP, to learn about the new changes ahead with the volunteer advocacy program, to learn more about the new Field Ambassador volunteer opportunity, and to preview our new online Action Center.  The webinar is in two parts:

Watch part one

Watch part two

PowerPoint slides: AFSP Volunteer Advocacy Program Webinar updated 9-29-15

FAQ document: Re-Launch Webinar FAQ

Suicide Prevention and the 114th Congress – February 25, 2015

The AFSP Public Policy team discussed suicide prevention, mental health, and the 114th Congress.

The webinar focused on Congressional committees that impact suicide prevention policies and funding, an introduction for advocates to the new members of the 114th Congress, and a roadmap of the federal policy action moving forward.

Watch a recast of the webinar.

Mental Health Consumer Tools – January 15, 2015

AFSP, in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health, produced mental health consumer tools that provide information regarding Mental Health Parity and how it applies to health insurance plans purchased through state exchanges and health insurance plans offered through employers.

The tools are meant to help individuals/families understand the various health insurance plans sold in the health insurance exchanges and that are sponsored by their employers, and offer advice on how to select the health coverage that best fits their individual/family mental health and or substance use needs.

Watch a recast of the webinar.

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