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Advocating for Smart Suicide Prevention Policies: A Look Ahead at 2021

1 Feb 2021 — 1 min read

BY Chelsey Dumond, AFSP Manager of Public Policy Events and Projects, Natalie Tietjen, AFSP Manager, Federal Policy


Why I Fight: Preventing Physician Suicide, and the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

As the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s work continues to grow, so do our Public Policy Priorities as we work (with the help of our volunteer Field Advocates) to pass important legislation that will help save lives.

Every two years we update our Public Policy Synopsis. New for the 2021-2022 Synopsis are two separate documents—one that outlines federal priorities and another that outlines our state priorities. The issues within each category are not listed in priority order.

Additionally, the Synopsis now points out priorities that are aligned with AFSP’s Project 2025 and includes new federal and state priorities for AFSP to work on. New priorities include:

  • Peer support programs
  • Firearm safety and education programs/resources
  • Inclusion of diverse populations in mental health legislation
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and suicide risk
  • Mental health training and resources for first responders
  • Tele-health services and access

Take Action

Get Involved in Advocacy with AFSP! Join thousands of volunteer Field Advocates across the country connecting with public officials and urging their support of suicide prevention and mental health. Throughout the year AFSP Field Advocates are called upon over email to contact their legislators at the federal and state levels in as little as 2 ½ minutes via the AFSP Action Center. Advocates can get further involved by connecting with their local chapter and meeting with public officials locally via phone or in district offices and as part of State Capitol Day events. Field Advocates will also receive future information about the 2021 AFSP Advocacy Forum to be held virtually this year!

Ways to get Involved:

  1. Register as a volunteer Field Advocate
  2. Research and connect with your elected officials through the AFSP Action Center
  3. Get educated on the issues you can support
  4. View our policy webinars and sample meeting videos
  5. Connect with your chapter and register for the 2021 State Capitol Day event in your area

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