Public policy priorities

Our 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. Learn more about our top Federal and State policy priorities.

AFSP’s 2019-2020 Public Policy Synopsis is also available in pdf form. Click here to download the synopsis.

Extreme risk protection orders

We support the use of ERPOs as a tool to help prevent suicide when voluntary efforts to separate an at-risk individual from a firearm are unsuccessful or impossible and suicide risk is imminent.

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Mental health parity

Learn why the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports mental health parity in insurance coverage.

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Military and veteran suicide prevention

We are focused on supporting the passage of legislation that prioritizes suicide prevention for veterans.

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Prohibiting conversion therapy

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention stands with the consensus of every major health organization that conversion therapy efforts are inappropriate and harmful therapeutic interventions.

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State suicide inititatives and plans

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention believes that in order to be effective, statewide suicide prevention plans must address suicide prevention among a wide variety of vulnerable populations.

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Suicide prevention in K-12 schools

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention urges that states require regular suicide prevention training for teachers and other school personnel.

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Suicide prevention on university and college campuses

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention supports awareness of and access to mental health and suicide prevention resources on university and college campuses.

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Training health professionals in suicide assessment, treatment & management

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recognizes that the training of health professionals in suicide assessment, treatment, and management is a crucial step in preventing suicide.

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