Our Annual Advocacy Forum, happening right now in Washington D.C., is our single largest effort to educate federal officials about suicide education and prevention, and the need for better access to mental health services. Tomorrow, 250 AFSP advocates, volunteers, and staff from all 50 states will meet with their members of Congress to ask for their support of AFSP public policy priorities.
Even if you are not with us in Washington DC, you can still support our efforts! We are advocating for support of mental health reform legislation, full funding of the National Violent Death Reporting System, Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention Priorities, and integrated national suicide prevention.
Find your Congress Person’s handle on Twitter (that’s the name after the @ on Twitter). Tweet the following at them (replace @CongressPerson with your representatives handle): @CongressPerson Together we can #StopSuicide. Join @afspnational by supporting #suicideprevention. Afsp.org/afspforum16
Give your member of congress a call. Get their contact information by click on U.S. Senators or U.S. Representatives here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Additionally, we urge you to visit our Action Center where you can write your member of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senators to support critical legislation that will help AFSP achieve its goal of reducing suicide 20% by 2025.
You can also assist in our efforts year round by becoming a field advocate. By doing so you will be joining thousands of other volunteers who have agreed to build relationships with their members of Congress and state legislators to prevent suicide.
Thank you for joining the fight to stop suicide!