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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives in 2007 -- each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. We are investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration programs and critical policy work. And we are expanding our assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering opportunities to become involved in prevention. With a suicide attempt estimated to occur every minute of every day in the United States and 32,000 lives lost each year, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.
Every 18 minutes in the United States, a life is lost to suicide. The current national focus on the potential risks and benefits of antidepressant medications is raising Americans' awareness of the dark reality faced by many children, teens and adults who grapple with depression and suicidal thoughts every day. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one to suicide knows that effective help for depression can sometimes be hard to find.
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