Welcome back to this special edition of the HIKE for Mental Health blog. This is National Suicide Prevention Week and today is about shining a spotlight on an organization that is raising awareness, conducting research, and creating programs at the national, state, and community level. Today’s organization highlight is The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
AFSP is a nationwide organization committed to the prevention of suicide. AFSP has been around since 1987 and has chapters in all 50 states. Its mission is to save lives and bring hope to those who are suffering. Accomplishing this mission is done through funding research, educating the public, advocating for federal and state policies, and supporting suicide survivors as well as those who have been impacted by suicide.
AFSP has several programs focused on awareness, education, prevention, and loss support. AFSP can connect those who have had a loved one die by suicide to local support events like the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day held every November, and can arrange a conversation with someone who has experienced a similar loss through Healing Conversations. Take some time to visit the links to learn more about AFSP.
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please know you aren’t alone and there is hope and help available to you. You can text TALK to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-8255 to get help (En Español: 1-888-628-9454).