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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Newsletter


Special Announcement


White House Recognizes AFSP
as a 'Champion of Change'

WHITE_HOUSE_SealWashington, D.C. - The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has been selected by the White House Office of Public Engagement as a "Champion of Change," part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative to "out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world."

AFSP and its public policy division, SPAN USA, were recognized at a White House event on Thursday, Aug. 25, along with eight other organizations who are working to prevent suicide, provide resources for communities, and educate individuals and groups across the country.

"Being recognized by President Obama with a 'Champions of Change' award is a tremendous honor for AFSP and a major step toward shedding light on this problem and making suicide prevention a priority for our nation," AFSP Executive Director Robert Gebbia said.

At the event, members of federal agencies and White House Policy Offices participated in discussions with representatives from each of the selected organizations, focusing on amplifying best practices in both the private and public sectors.

AFSP and SPAN USA national volunteers Michael Ballard and Nancy Farrell attended the awards program and discussion, along with AFSP Executive Director Bob Gebbia and Senior Director of Public Policy John Madigan.

Every week the White House is featuring a group of Americans, businesses or organizations who are empowering and inspiring others in their communities. Different groups are highlighted and have ranged from educators to veterans to community activists.

Read more about AFSP and SPAN USA from the White House website. You can also read a separate blog post from  AFSP Executive Director Robert Gebbia.


GET INVOLVED: Walk to Prevent Suicide

By participating in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), you will be walking with thousands of people nationwide to raise money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, advocate for mental health issues, and assist survivors of suicide loss.


Orange County - CLICK HERE
Ventura County - CLICK HERE
San Diego County - CLICK HERE
Los Angeles County - CLICK HERE
Temecula Valley - CLICK HERE
Inland Empire Walk - CLICK HERE
Coachellla Valley Walk - CLICK HERE

Clark County - CLICK HERE


SAVE THE DATE: 13th Annual International Survivors of Suicide DayAFSP_SURVIVOR_DAY_Logo 


Survivors of suicide loss gather at hundreds of simultaneous healing conferences around the world every year on International Survivors of Suicide Day to connect with others who have survived the tragedy of suicide loss, and express and understand the powerful emotions they experience.

Find a conference site near you or, if you don't live near a conference site or find it difficult too attend in person,  
sign up to watch online


SPAN_USA_LogoTAKE ACTION: Advocacy volunteers wanted

AFSP/SPAN USA's Field Advocate program seeks to inspire others to raise their community's awareness about suicide and help spread the word that prevention is possible. Our goal is to have 870 Field Advocates across the country-at least two in every Congressional district in the United States. 

WE WANT YOU! CLICK HERE to find out more and apply online!