American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

October 14th, 2012
10-14-12One of the organizations I contacted last week was the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) which is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted 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             I arrived at the Lower Manhattan offices of the AFSP and after talking with Senior Director of Education, Ann Hass, I headed to the offices of Senior Director of Field Management and Development, Michael Lammas. Michael has a passion for helping children and after hearing me talk of my mission he said he was impressed with the passion for what I am trying to accomplish. During our talk, Executive Director, Bob Gebbia joined us and added some of the details of this very important organization’s mission. It is an honor to say the least, for an Executive Director to meet with me. The Kindness Bicycle, which I took up 29 floors and into their offices was a sight to behold for the entire staff. Thank you for a great visit AFSP.

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