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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

The author Donna Birkholz, left, with Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, middle.

Advocating for Hope: Supporting Suicide Prevention on Capitol Hill at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Annual Advocacy Forum

Each June, Volunteer Advocates from AFSP chapters all over the country travel to D.C. to meet with our members of Congress and encourage their support for impactful policies related to suicide prevention and mental health. This year will be the 15th year AFSP is hosting this important event.

AFSP Volunteer Advocate Terri Lavely smiling in a white cardigan.

Training to Become a Volunteer Advocate for Suicide Prevention Felt Like a Gift

In January of 2016, I lost my 18-year-old nephew to suicide. The loss was devastating. Being an AFSP Volunteer Advocate has helped me process my own personal experiences, and be braver in standing up for my own needs, those of my family, our community, and all humans. We’re all in this together.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention National Advocacy Forum Unites Advocates to Save Lives through Policy Change

The 14th Annual Advocacy Forum will take place in Washington, DC from June 25 to the 28. Over 200 Volunteer Advocates from across the country will encourage legislators to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health policies that can save lives.

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Advocating for Veteran Suicide Prevention in Central Texas

As an Army veteran, knowing that AFSP supports legislation that makes suicide prevention a priority for Veterans, Service Members, and their families is very important to me.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention National Advocacy Forum Brings Together Suicide Prevention Advocates from Across the Country

Policy priorities include the implementation of 988 and the crisis response system, and emergency department suicide prevention and screenings

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Free Live National Advocacy Forum for Suicide Prevention Advocates Offered on June 7

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is hosting a virtual National Advocacy Forum which brings together AFSP volunteer Field Advocates from across the country to learn about legislation that can save lives. The live event will be held on June 7 and is free and open to the public and media.

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Advocating for Suicide Prevention at AFSP’s Annual Advocacy Forum

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to hold the Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. this year. In lieu of being able hold the event in-person, on June 22 volunteer Field Advocates, members of Congress, and AFSP staff from across the country gathered together virtually for the 2020 Advocacy Forum.

Robert Flanagan

Bringing Prevention to the Church

This piece originally appeared as a Volunteer Spotlight Story in AFSP’s 2018 Annual Report.

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Advocating for Suicide Prevention in 2019

With the passionate, active Field Advocates that we have, we know we will make positive change across the country.

Ellen Menendez

From Mother to Daughter

“AFSP has brought meaning to such a tremendous loss. It has allowed me the opportunity to raise awareness and support a community in need.”