American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention works to break down the stigma around suicide by raising awareness and funding research. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death and has no single cause, but through the work of AFSP, people are encouraged to reach out for help instead of suffering in silence.

Videos from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Jessika's Story

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:58 Health

Jessika talks about losing her best friend to suicide, and attempting it herself.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 02:40 Health

Che talks about the nephew he lost to suicide.

Jeannie's Story

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:44 Health

Jeannie talks about the cousin that she lost to suicide.

Bill's Struggles

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 02:57 Health

Bill talks about the pain and struggle of suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:48 Health

Casey talks about the father he lost to suicide.

The Suicide Detective

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 02:21 Health

Harvard professor Matthew Nock talks about developing a new intervention for suicide.

Anna Ruth's Story

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 02:29 Health

Anna Ruth talks about the father that she lost to suicide.

Barbara and Caroline

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:42 Health

Barbara and Caroline talk about the sons they lost to suicide.

The Four Ds of Suicide Risk in Older Adults

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 03:19 Health

Professor Yeates Conwell talks about depression, debility, disconnectedness, and deadly means.

Using Technology to Fight Suicide

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:52 Health

A professor from Vanderbilt University talks about technology and how it can be deployed to save lives.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 02:08 Health

Angela talks about the veteran father that she lost to suicide.

From Research to Treatment

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 02:50 Health

Professors Joseph Franklin, Holly Wilcox, and David Jones talk about ways to positively intervene and help prevent suicides.

What Every Parent Should Know

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:58 Health

Christianne Esposito-Smythers talks about the importance of picking up on depressive symptoms and getting parents involved in their child's treatment plan.

Talk Saves Lives

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:47 Health

Matthew Wintersteen talks about the purpose of his independent study that targets youth at their doctor visits.

It's Okay to Ask

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:51 Health

Yeates Conwell gives some advice on approaching a loved one with questions like, "are okay" or "are you having suicidal thoughts?"

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 03:02 Health

An expert talks about the importance in asking "Are You Okay?" to someone struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Suicide Prevention Research

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 02:48 Health

Experts explain research studies and how they have saved people suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts.

Safety Planning

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:51 Health

Barbara Stanley goes over the safety plan intervention and how coping skills could help prevent suicides.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 01:45 Health

AFSP breaks down "Project 2025," a research study focused on demographics of people dying from suicide and their methods.

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Get Involved

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 15-34 years of age in the United States, and getting a conversation started on mental health can be tricky. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention now makes it easier by providing several free toolkits to share with your students, communities, coworkers, and loved ones. With a dozen different suicide prevention kits, you can choose based on environment and age group you want to focus on. The kits include different ice breaking activities, information on how to become a certified suicide prevention educator, and learn about different residencies you can become a part of to help others.

Whether you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention tries to bring hope to those affected by suicide. The “Finding Support” web page was created to reassure you that you are not alone during these tough times, and know resources are always provided to help you heal. The functions of the web page include: locating support groups and therapy facilities in your neighborhood, coping activities and exercises, suicide hotlines, and outside resources to help recover from any previous experiences with suicide.

Learn How You Can Fight Suicide

 

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