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2023 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Report Intensifies Call for Continued Efforts to Improve Veteran Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The report from the VA strengthens our resolve to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

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NAMI and AFSP Celebrate Launch of Bipartisan Senate Mental Health Caucus

AFSP thanks Senators Padilla, Tillis, Ernst, and Smith for their leadership in launching the bipartisan Senate Mental Health Caucus

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Statement from the CEO Alliance on Biden Administration’s Push to Improve Parity

The Biden Administration’s new proposal would ensure that people with mental health and substance use conditions do not face arbitrary barriers to receiving care.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Applauds Biden-Harris Administration for Announced Rules to Strengthen Parity Enforcement

“These proposed rules will help advance the nationwide effort to prevent suicide, and we urge their swift dissemination and adoption,"said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia

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Supporting States in Building Suicide Prevention Infrastructure

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) are working together this May for Mental Health Awareness Month to raise awareness of SPRC’s Recommendations for State Suicide Prevention Infrastructure.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Applauds President Biden on the Inclusion of Critical Suicide Prevention and Crisis Care Funding in the FY 2024 Budget Proposal

AFSP commends the Administration for continuing to invest in the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and behavioral health crisis services, including providing $836 million for expanding and sustaining the country’s crisis care continuum.

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AFSP Applauds President Biden for Continued Focus on Suicide Prevention and Mental Health in the State of the Union Address

In his second State of the Union address last night, President Biden described his ongoing commitment to addressing the nationwide mental health crisis and increasing support for suicide prevention.

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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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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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Turning Listening into Legislation: Advocating for More Accessible and Affordable Mental Health Care

Your story is the opening to an ongoing conversation with your representatives. Our job as advocates is to make sure that listening becomes legislation.

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A Mother’s Perspective: The Need for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Education in Schools

It’s more important than ever before that we make mental health and suicide prevention education in schools a priority – and the good news is that anyone can get involved in helping to advocate for it.