Robert Gebbia, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) CEO, released a statement following Congress’ approval of an omnibus appropriations package for fiscal year 2021.
AFSP, the country’s largest suicide prevention organization, supports the legislation that includes the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bills.
“As an organization dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, we would like to thank Congress for their work on the latest funding they have awarded to suicide prevention, and we urge continued bipartisan support for addressing this leading cause of death,” Gebbia said.
The appropriations package increases funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline from $19 million to $24 million, for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center from $7.9 million to $9 million, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s suicide efforts from $10 million to $12 million. It also increases funding for National Institute of Mental Health research.
The bill also includes suicide prevention as a priority research topic within the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.
AFSP thanked the Appropriations Committees for including language in the package encouraging greater collaboration and partnership between health agencies to examine the relationship between substance use disorder and suicide.