In 2016, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention accomplished the following in our efforts to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide:
- AFSP debuted the Our Journey Continues conference, a national healing conference complimentary to our International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day program for recent suicide loss survivors. The conference was specifically designed for long-term suicide loss survivors and featured many experts in grieving a suicide loss as a testament to how grief can change over time.
- The State Capital Day program was successful in helping pass nine state bills across 25 states that include increase training in suicide prevention for health professionals and school personnel, improved data collection, and greater funding for statewide suicide prevention activity.
- AFSP formed a partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to begin a groundbreaking national campaign to educate firearm retailers, shooting range owners, and the firearms-owning community about suicide prevention. This partnership is part of our Project 2025 program, which was launched in 2015 with the bold goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025 and identified the areas of firearms and suicide prevention, large healthcare systems, emergency departments, and criminal justice settings as having a large potential for limiting suicide losses.
- Thanks to our donors and supporters, AFSP was able to fund 17 new research grants totaling $4.35 million, including five studies that support AFSP’s Project 2025 efforts.