American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$3,334 raised by 40 donors

33% complete

$10,000 Goal

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In 1987, a small group of individuals had a vision: establish a private source of support for suicide research and education, and essential suicide prevention efforts that 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 (AFSP).

Before AFSP, there was no national-scope not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy.  Now, we are the largest private suicide prevention organization in the United States, with chapters in all 50 states and programs and events nationwide.

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide by creating a culture that's smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
1. Funding scientific research.
2. Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention.
3. Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention.
4. Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission.

Since its founding, AFSP has achieved the following milestones:
1. Mobilized and connected tens of thousands of people who have lost a family member, loved one, or friend to suicide. We have reached thousands of individuals who are at risk for suicide, and those who love and care for them.
2. Attracted the participation of members of the scientific and clinical communities, who conduct groundbreaking research on suicide and its prevention with support from AFSP.
3. Established local chapters in all 50 states.
4. Educated hundreds of local communities about suicide and how to prevent it.
5. Created a public policy and lobbying arm by merging successfully with an existing national policy organization, thus enabling AFSP to press for legislation and policies at the federal, state and local levels that advance the goal of preventing suicide.
6. Substantially increased our funding from individual donors, including the thousands of highly motivated individuals who participate in our Out of the Darkness Walks.
7. Educated reporters and the media about how to best cover suicide.
8. Communicated with hundreds of thousands of individuals through our website, social media, brochures, speakers and efforts to generate press coverage.


Save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.


AFSP is the largest funder of suicide prevention research. In addition to funding research, AFSP offers a range of programs, presentations, and materials covering all aspects of suicide, including but not limited to education, suicide prevention, mental health, warning signs, loss support, etc. We also use funds to sponsor educational conferences in the greater Sacramento area. We have set a bold goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% in the U.S. by 2025.

Some of the programs that we offer include topics addressing general suicide prevention, Firearms Safety, Student Education, Loss and Healing, LGBTQ education, prevention and support, and early detection/warning signs to name a few. You can become a volunteer presenter for some of these programs!

Additionally, we advocate for policies that will reduce suicide and improve mental health services.

AFSP hosts Out of the Darkness Community Walks in Sacramento, Placer County, Redding, and Lassen County, as well as one Campus Walk at Sacramento State. In-kind donations including professional services, food/beverages, and equipment usage are greatly appreciated. The Out of the Darkness Walks are a great opportunity to volunteer and support our Greater Sacramento AFSP Chapter.

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Organization Data


Organization name

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

other names


Year Established


Mission Category

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, In-Kind Donations, Volunteers, Other

Demographics Served

General population

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo


2443 Fair Oaks Blvd. #80
Sacramento, CA 95825

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Placer, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Yolo County, CA, US

Amador County, CA, US



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