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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
In 1987, a small group of caring individuals had a vision: establish a private source of support for suicide research and education, and essential suicide prevention efforts could be sustained into the future. These founding families-each of whom had lost a someone to suicide-joined with scientists to create what today is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP.
Before AFSP, there was no national-scope not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.
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