Contact: Robert Rominger ([email protected])
Suicide Prevention Advocates to Storm the State Capitol in Raleigh
RALEIGH, NC (March 19, 2019) – Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and in North Carolina. On Wednesday, March 20, advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will arrive at the state capitol to meet with lawmakers as part of their State Capitol Day event. Advocates will be urging support of statewide suicide prevention initiatives, including required training for educators in K-12 schools, and thanking legislative champions from the past year during their morning Annual Lifesaver Awards event taking place from 7:15 – 8:15am in the Legislative Cafeteria.
“The AFSP North Carolina Chapter is becoming more and more of a presence on the ground within our state legislature. At the State Capitol Day, we can affirm existing relationships and start to build new ones with lawmakers. I am looking forward to being in Raleigh this year with my fellow advocates to put a face on suicide prevention and to honor our allies who create and support mental health legislation with our annual Lifesaver Awards,” said Robert Rominger, North Carolina Chapter Public Policy Committee Co-Chair.
The AFSP North Carolina State Capitol Day is a special day for all who have a connection with or a personal story around the topic of suicide. Volunteers will meet with their state legislators and share their stories about why they participate in this advocacy effort, giving a human face to this important health problem. Advocates hope that by sharing their stories, they will help legislators understand that state investments in mental health and suicide prevention can save lives.
AFSP North Carolina advocates are part of a larger national movement of AFSP volunteer advocates who will be visiting over 40 state capitols across the United States in 2019 to bring best practices in suicide prevention to state legislators and their staff. To learn more about AFSP’s advocacy efforts, visit here: https://afsp.org/our-work/advocacy/.
On average, 129 Americans died by suicide each day in 2017, and 90% of those individuals had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death. AFSP volunteers will urge state lawmakers to be the voice for the thousands of North Carolina residents affected by suicide each year.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, with a Public Policy Office in Washington, D.C. AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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