Voice Of Caring: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention leads the fight against suicide. We save lives and bring hope to those affected by loss. As the largest suicide prevention organization in the US, we have set a bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025. That’s tens of thousands of lives, and local chapters are working within the community to make it happen.

The Eastern Missouri chapter brings together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, mental health professionals, educators, community leaders, and others energize our chapter.
We focus on eliminating the loss of life from suicide through four core strategies:

PREVENTION & EDUCATION
More than 150 people trained in Mental Health First Aid classes so far this year
ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, October 15-16.
Talk Saves Lives teaches risk factors, warning signs and prevention
More Than Sad and Signs Matter teach students and teachers about depression and finding help
Partnering with National Shooting Sports Foundation for a pilot program on gun safety

ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY
Volunteers spoke with 24 legislators during State Capital Day
Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC
Encouraged passing of mental health legislation

SUPPORT
Survivor Outreach Program
Facilitator Training for Suicide Loss Support Groups, October 28-29
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, Nov. 19, 2016

RESEARCH
Invested more than $4 million nationally to target the most effective prevention strategies

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