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Stories about 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

AFSP 15th Annual Advocacy Forum

Advocating for 988 at AFSP’s 15th Annual Advocacy Forum

From Sunday June 9th to Wednesday June 12th, AFSP hosted its 15th Annual Advocacy Forum! Together, nearly 250 AFSP Volunteer Advocates celebrated “15 years of Advocating for Suicide Prevention” and participated in educational sessions on legislation to improve mental health and save lives.

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As an Asian American, I Know the Impact Cultural Heritage Can Have on Mental Health

Each May, our country shines a spotlight on two important issues, through Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. Technically, these are two separate awareness holidays. But for me, my mental health and Asian American identity feel closely intertwined.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Celebrates 15 Years of Advocacy, Calls on Congress to Strengthen 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Volunteer Advocates from across the country will meet with over 250 Congressional Offices in Washington, D.C. at AFSP’s Advocacy Forum

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Leading Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Organizations Celebrate Major Milestone for the 988 Lifeline and Crisis Response

10 states now sustainably fund the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline; groups urge others to act

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Applauds the Enactment of Sustainable Funding Legislation for 988 Behavioral Health Crisis Services in Maryland

Maryland now joins eight other states nationwide in sustainably funding 988 Lifeline services via a small monthly fee on phone bills.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Improve 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

AFSP is heartened to see the collaboration of bipartisan Congressional leaders and the FCC to build up the 988 Lifeline to be as robust and effective as it can be.


NAMI & AFSP Celebrate 17 Congressional Leaders with ‘988 Crisis Response Champion Award’

Recipients Recognized by Top Mental Health Organizations for Work Creating, Implementing and Supporting 988 and Crisis Response Services

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Our Work Isn't Over: The New 988 Lifeline Still Needs Your Support

AFSP and our nationwide network of volunteers are proud of the role we played in supporting legislation that helped ensure the launch of 988. But 988's launch is only the beginning of achieving successful crisis care in communities across the nation. Luckily, there are simple ways we can all get involved.

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Supporting Suicide Prevention Policy at Washington State Capitol Day

When our 15-year-old daughter, Nina, died by suicide in September 2016, my wife Dawn and I could have hidden the cause of her death and remained silent. Instead, we chose to bring our story out of the darkness to help others.

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AFSP State Capitol Day Events 2022: A United Voice for Suicide Prevention

Each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s State Capitol Day events provide an opportunity for volunteer advocates to meet with state officials and share their experiences, urging support for legislation that can save lives.

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Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Response Services: What They Are and How We Can Support Them

A crisis call is the most common, accessible starting point if you or someone you know is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis. On July 16, 2022, to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) will be available through a simple 3-digit,universal phone number, 988.

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Suicide Prevention Advocate Perspectives: Why the New 988 Crisis Number Matters – A Conversation with Tori Yeates of AFSP Utah

Starting in July 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a 24/7 toll-free crisis line that provides immediate response to millions of callers in crisis every year, will be able to be reached via a simple code: 988.