Skip to content

Public policy events

Our public policy events bring together suicide prevention advocates from every state to urge public officials to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health.

Allies in Action Awards

Join the AFSP Public Policy Office for our Allies in Action over Zoom as we announce the winners of the Sandy Martin Grassroots Field Advocates of the Year, the 2020 AFSP Perspicacity Awards, and the Innovations in Suicide Awards to be presented in partnership with the American College of Emergency Physicians. The event will also include remarks from members of Congress and a keynote presentation from David Wasserman, House Editor for The Cook Political Report.

Learn more

11th Annual Advocacy Forum: June 22, 2020

Each year, the Advocacy Forum brings together AFSP volunteer Field Advocates from across the country to learn about federal legislation and policies that can save lives.

Make sure you are signed up as a volunteer AFSP Field Advocate to receive regular updates on the virtual Forum and future events, visit

State Capitol Days

Each year, State Capitol Day events bring advocates together with state and local public officials to share information and urge that suicide prevention be made a priority. Each event is customized with the help of the AFSP Public Policy Office to meet each state’s unique needs and legislative priorities. State Capitol Day events can be hosted by a single AFSP chapter, organized by several chapters within a state, or done in coordination with partner mental health and suicide prevention organizations.

As part of our State Capitol Day events, advocates have the opportunity to meet with their legislators and speak about legislative and policy issues that need support. Because of these personal connections between advocates and lawmakers, state bills have been enacted that now ban the practice of conversion therapy, require suicide prevention policies and personnel training in K-12 schools, increase suicide prevention on college and university campuses, require insurance plans to treat mental health and physical health equally, and create statewide suicide prevention offices and task forces. Many thanks to our advocates who make their voices heard each year at State Capitol Day events!

Upcoming State Capitol Day events

Find State Capitol Day events by visiting our Program Calendar.

Connection makes a difference

Find a chapter