Suicide deaths in the U.S. exceed those from homicide, war, and natural disasters combined. Today, suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death – with more than 43,000 Americans dying each year.
To address this epidemic, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has launched Project 2025, an initiative aimed at the organization’s bold goal of reducing the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. AFSP is taking the lead, and in collaboration with leaders from across industry sectors, will work to implement the most effective programs, policies and interventions that will save the most lives in the shortest amount of time.
During National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5-11), AFSP encourages everyone to get involved to work toward reducing the rate 20 percent over the next 10 years. By speaking up about suicide prevention, advocates can help elevate the conversation about mental health and truly make a difference.
“Research America and AFSP share a common ideology: that through research, we can make the world a better place. It is my great hope that we can raise our voices together and help save lives,” said Robert Gebbia, CEO of AFSP.
As the largest private funder of suicide prevention research, AFSP sees research as critical to our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Each year, AFSP funds neurobiological, psychosocial, and genetic research, as well as studies to develop treatments, and community programs to find the best ways to understand and prevent suicide. AFPS does this through money raised by volunteers at events like Out of the Darkness Walks, which take place in communities across the country, bringing together those who have been personally affected by suicide. Volunteers and chapters in every state are the heart of what the foundation does.
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