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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Launches Suicide Prevention Resource for Black and African American Communities

L.E.T.S. is a free presentation created by and for Black people, designed to reduce cultural stigma, foster conversations about mental health, and raise awareness of suicide prevention for individuals who identify as Black or African American.

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A Program a Day in May: Bringing Suicide Prevention Efforts to Our Local Community

With A Program a Day in May, our goal was to reduce the stigma and myths surrounding mental health by educating our communities. We partnered with school districts, community organizations, and individuals seeking to become smarter about mental health and suicide prevention.

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Navigating Out of the Darkness

I think a big misconception is that those with lived experience are selfish or weak. We are neither. Mental health can be like a labyrinth, and it takes a lot to navigate out of the darkness.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention y la Asociación Nacional Latina de Salud Mental lanzan un recurso de prevención del suicidio para comunidades latinx e hispanas a nivel nacional

La American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) y la Asociación Nacional Latina de Salud Mental (NLBHA) están lanzando un recurso necesario para educación sobre la salud mental y concientización de la prevención del suicidio dirigido a comunidades de herencia hispana.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and National Latino Behavioral Association Launch a Suicide Prevention Resource for Latinx and Hispanic Communities

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) are launching a needed resource for mental health and suicide prevention awareness education for communities of Hispanic heritage.

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It’s Okay to Say Suicide: How We’re Encouraging Conversations in Dentistry and Beyond

It was ten days before Christmas of 2017 when my family lost my brother to suicide. I can still remember the moment my dad called to break the news. I was in disbelief. How could Jason – the brother who always seemed so happy, the proud father of three kids, the devoted husband to a loving wife – take his own life?

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The Spirit of the Circle: Bringing Suicide Prevention to a Native Alaskan Community

Evaluating and updating AFSP programs to meet the unique needs of people living in Alaska – and making them culturally competent for the more than 230 Alaska Native tribes indigenous to the lands we occupy – has led to incredible relationships and partnerships.

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How Do We Get the Men into Mental Health?

Dude. Dudes. It’s time for some real talk. Let’s get real here and look at the numbers. According to the latest figures from the Center for Disease Control, men are responsible for 76.92 percent of all completed suicides. Basically, about four out of every five completed suicides is a guy.

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My Why Is Also Me

Now my Why is not only the person I helped to save when I was 18 – and over a dozen other people close to me who have struggled with depression, anxiety, and/or suicidal ideation. My Why is also me. 

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Preventing Suicide in Correctional Facilities Through Project 2025

AFSP is targeting the corrections system as one of four key areas of focus as part of Project 2025.

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Bringing Prevention to the Church

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

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Bringing Education to Arkansas

This year, Mary worked tirelessly to spread suicide prevention education programming to the entire state.