[I consult and consider many sources in search of appropriate subject matter for this blog. Often I find material that is best left (mostly) untouched by me, e.g., today’s piece, a brochure from AFSP, one (of 4) of which I picked up at a walk my daughter and I participated in this past weekend.]
[I will be out of town for the rest of the week … meeting Army buddies in Indiana. No more blogs this week.
Research | Education | Advocacy | Support
Our Bold Goal
Reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20% by 2025. With the suicide rate increasing over the past 10 years, a 20% reduction will be a challenge, but with tens of thousands of lives at stake, it’s a challenge worth taking.
What We Do
We are the largest private funder of suicide prevention research, and it’s at the core of everything we do. Much of what is known about suicide and how it can be prevented comes from studies we’ve funded. In the past five years alone we’ve funded over 100 studies across multiple scientific disciplines. We fund neurobiological, psychosocial, and genetic research, as well as studies to develop treatment and community programs.
We create a culture that’s smart about mental health by providing evidence-based programs to colleges, schools, and hospitals, and within organizations. We educate students, teachers, clinicians, and community members because everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Just one example: our More than Sad program has taught over a million teens about the signs of depression, shown them hos to reach out for help, and destigmatized mental health conditions.
We rally volunteers at the state and federal level to advocate for policies that will reduce suicide and improve mental health services. Our state victories include mandatory suicide prevention training for educators, and we’ve helped pass key federal legislation like the Experience in Mental Health Act, which secured $900 million for community-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment–the largest federal investment in a generation.
We provide support for those who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who have survived a suicide attempt. Our breakthrough Interactive Screening Program reaches people at risk who are the least likely to seek help by providing an anonymous way to engage with counselors. We also help loss survivors heal after the death of a loved one through outreach and support programs. Each year we organize hundreds of healing events for International Survivors Loss Day.
Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide.
We are a 501(c)93) nonprofit founded in 1987 by a group of researchers and famiies who wanted to take action against this leading cause of death. We have since grown from a small grassroots network into a movement of over a million people across the country.
We have chapters in all 50 states that raise awareness at events and walks. Chapters offer educational programs, advocate for public policy, and provide support for those affected by suicide.
Out of the Darkness Walks
[This is what my daughter and I participated in.]
Community | The Overnight | Campus
Our walks do more than raise the resources to fight suicide; they honor those who have lost a battle to mental illness, and they bring suicide and mental health conditions out of the darkness.
Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you.
Suicide is a leading cause of death, and it’s preventable. Together we encourage those who struggle to seek help, improve the quality of their lives, and stop this tragic loss of life.
Become a Lifesaver
The vast majority of our funding comes from individual donors like you, and we work hard to make the most of your donations. We keep our administrative costs low and focus on impact, and we are consistently ranked one of the best nonprofit organizations. We meet the standards for good governance set by the Better Business Bureau and the National Health Council. Charity Navigator, the guide to intelligent giving, awards AFSP four out of four stars.
Donate | Walk | Volunteer
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention