The AFSP was established in 1987 and it has become the leading non profit voluntary organization for suicide awareness/prevention.
It provides evidenced based research, education and advocacy in order to decrease the numbers of suicides.
The link to their website is http://www.afsp.org and the following are the core stragedies that they engage in: (copied from their website)
Funding scientific research
Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission
Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
In the state of Louisiana, where I live, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death.
Personally, I have had 4 family members complete suicide so advocating for suicide awareness/prevention is a passion of mine. I became a volunteer for the AFSP several years ago and I’m now very proud to say that I am a member of the Board of Directors for my state Chapter.
AFSP has chapters in 5o states. Please use the link to their website I provided to use as a resource. You can also find your state’s statistics there in the same format of the La stats that I shared above.
I am very proud to be a part of this organization. In the next couple of days, I will be posting information on their classes etc. etc
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