Mission and Vision
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
- 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
The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.
• More Than Sad – These video programs have taught over a million students and educators how to be smarter about mental health.
• It's Real – A documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country.
• Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention – A community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the nation’s leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes. Individuals, families, and communities who have been personally touched by suicide are the moving force behind everything we do. We strive for a world that is free of suicide. We support research, because understanding the causes of suicide is vital to saving lives. We educate others in order to foster understanding and inspire action. We offer a caring community to those who have lost someone they love to suicide, or who are struggling with thoughts of suicide themselves. We advocate to ensure that federal, state, and local governments do all they can to prevent suicide, and to support and care for those at risk.