American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - North Texas Chapter
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The mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following five core strategies:
-Fund scientific research
-Offer educational programs for professionals
-Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
-Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
-Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk and involve them in the work of the Foundation
Our Chapter's focus is to address unmet needs in the local market and bring new programs for suicide prevention and survivor outreach. Specifically, we have identified educational needs within these areas: survivors of suicide loss, colleges, clinicians and community awareness. We have the following programs planned for 2016:
Local Advocacy: Sending delegates to Austin in February 2017 to advocate for legislation aimed at reducing the suicide rate both in Texas and across the country, including major mental health care reform and to increase funding for suicide prevention research (NIH).
Research Connection: Part of the funds we raise go to help fund national research and development of new programs for suicide prevention and support for those who lose loved ones to suicide. In August 2016, our Chapter will bring Dr. Greg Ordway to hear about his exciting work in understanding the genetics and biology that can lead to better treatment of depression.
Out of the Darkness Community Walk: Hosting the annual community walk on Saturday, October 1st to raise awareness, spotlight resources & encourage involvement in the goal of reducing suicides by 20% in 2025. The walk set record numbers for number of participants & funds raised for research and education.
Annual Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Conference: Held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day (11/19), this robust conference provides insight, interaction and inspiration to help survivors of suicide loss move forward in their grief journey. With attendance of around 200, the conference is the largest in the country.
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