American Foundation for Suicide Prevention / Avedium

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:Funding scientific research

  • Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
  • Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
  • Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission



Aevidum began at the high school level and quickly traveled to the middle school level. At the middle and high school level, Aevidum uses a club model to spread its student-generated materials.

Our philosophy is clear: if we recruit educators who care and give them a chance to inspire and empower, just imagine what our world will be. Aevidum embraces youth and we won’t stop until the educators we reach, reach the students they teach. Those empowered young minds, using their gifts and voices, will make change – authentic change that educates, inspires, and transforms.

Our students don’t always have to say, “I’ve got your back.” But they’ll always feel it. And know when to do it. This is Aevidum! And it means everything.

Locally, Aevidum is sponsored and supported by the Josh Johnson Sunshine Foundation.  Since 2015 we have helped to implement Aevidum in schools in Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.

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