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IRS EIN: 13-3393329
Website: http://www.afsp.org/centraltexas
Email: cidell@afsp.org
Phone Number: 512-905-1827
Address: 6800 West Gate Blvd., Suite 132, #557
Austin, TX 78745
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a goal of reducing the national annual suicide rate by 20% by the year 2025. The Central Texas Chapter aims to bring that reduction to a local level and save lives through our programs, outreach, resources, and community partnerships.

PROGRAMS:

AFSP's prevention, research, education, loss and bereavement, and advocacy programs bring knowledge gained through research to mental health professionals, physicians, gatekeepers, educators, and other community members concerned with the identification and/or care of those at risk.

In the 2018-2019 timeframe, the Central Texas Chapter plans to implement local programs in the following arenas: research (Research Connection), schools (More Than Sad & The Truth About Suicide DVD programs, After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools), community education (Talk Saves Lives), suicide loss & healing initiatives (Survivor Outreach Program, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day), advocacy (participation in state and federal public policy programs), and chapter growth and sustainability (tabling at health fairs, distribution of materials, volunteer training, board development).

RESEARCH:

We imagine a world where we fully understand and can prevent suicide, and we believe that sound scientific research is key to achieving this vision. Encouraging and supporting research across all the disciplines that contribute to our understanding of suicide and suicide prevention has been the cornerstone of AFSP since its inception.

At the heart of our efforts are start-up grants to researchers for innovative studies that have the potential to move the field forward. We rigorously identify and support pioneering research with the goal of finding new and better ways to understand and prevent suicide.

Believing young investigators are our future, we also support early-career scientists to pursue independent suicide research with the guidance of a mentor who has already made significant contributions to the field. Through these grants, we are growing an international community of scientists dedicated to preventing the loss of life from suicide. In addition, we supplement studies funded by other sources so that investigators are able to include meaningful numbers of individuals who are suicidal or who have been touched by suicide loss.

Impact Statement

The Central Texas Chapter is one of 82 chapters in all 50 states in the US, providing programs and events locally. Through our work, the Central Texas Chapter has touched the lives of tens of thousands of Central Texans: through public education, outreach, and support for those affected by suicide.

Needs Statement

Funds are needed to implement community programs, suicide prevention initiatives, support for survivors of suicide loss, and public awareness campaigns for the Central Texas area.
"AFSP provides the opportunity to talk about an issue that has unfortunately battled stigma for generations. AFSP serves to educate, enlighten, and support."

"As a suicide attempt survivor with lived experience, AFSP provides a safe place for me to share my perspective and educate people about mental health."

"The programs AFSP offers to survivors of suicide loss are so valuable to our community. I became involved with AFSP to connect with other survivors, share my story, and spread awareness that mental health issues and suicide risk exist for all populations."
Please visit our chapter's page at www.afsp.org/centraltexas to sign up to volunteer. We need you in the fight against suicide in Central Texas!