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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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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Statement on Firearm Violence Public Health Advisory

AFSP commends U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy for releasing a new advisory today: Firearm Violence: A Public Health Crisis in America.

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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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Growing up Transgender in the South: Legislative Attacks, Suicide Prevention, and Advocating for a Path Forward

As a transgender woman who was able to begin receiving gender-affirming care in my youth while living in rural Arkansas, I deeply understand the stakes that the anti-trans legislation that has been proposed across the country, particularly in the South, holds for young transgender people.

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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.