American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Program Announcement

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Program Announcement
Dear Friends:
While this program announcement comes a bit late (my apologies), you might still be able to catch part of the series.
The current economic recession is increasing the incidence of suicide, and the risk of serious (and suicidal) depression increases during and immediately after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. If you, or someone whom you care about is feeling suicidal, or speaking of suicide, please seek immediate help. Anyone threatening suicide should be taken seriously. There are resources on this page ( for suicide intervention and prevention. Please scroll down and look for the Suicide Prevention and Depression links and contact information.
While waiting for emergency professional help to arrive, please Do Not Leave Leave A Suicidal Person Alone. Your company, even for a brief period can save a life. If you are thinking about suicide, seek immediate emergency care — Don’t Stay Alone while you wait for help to arrive… get on your phone and call until you find a friend who will keep you company, or go to a place where there are other people.
Please — all of Humanity is irreparably damaged by the loss of just one life. Your life, or your loved one’s life might be the one destined to change the world, or perhaps to save it. Life can sometimes be sheer torture, but get help before you do something which can never, ever be undone. There’s hope and there’s help.
Douglas Castle


News Alert

AFSP Participates in PBS Project that Examines the Science Behind Emotions

‘This Emotional Life’ Premieres January 4, 2010

AFSP is participating in an ambitious new project. This Emotional Life is a two-year outreach campaign anchored by a three-part, nationally broadcast series on PBS (airing Jan. 4-6, 2010) that examines the science behind our emotions, the challenges to our well-being and the keys to happier lives.

This multi-platform endeavor is focused on emotional well-being and happiness, and is designed to help people foster stronger social relationships. Within the PBS series, the topics of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are discussed and some treatments are highlighted. Featured in the PBS broadcast are AFSP Vice President Dr. John Greden and AFSP Scientific Council member Dr. Kay Jamison. AFSP is also listed as a resource on the PBS website.

Spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions, the project includes the PBS series — which features compelling personal stories and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Richard Gere — a dynamic and content-rich website, a national outreach campaign and educational toolkits created to support topics within the series.

Other organizations currently involved in this project include the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Mental Health America, the Mayo Clinic and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

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