Project 2025 Opportunity for AFSP Chapters

Sponsor video-based suicide prevention training for Primary Care in your community

A third of individuals who die by suicide visited primary care in the month before their death.

Regulatory requirements to screen for suicide risk in primary care are increasing. But if providers aren't equipped to respond, there is a danger that patients who disclose suicide concerns will have negative experiences and plunge deeper into hopelessness and silence. Every patient in your community deserves a competent, compassionate provider with the skills to instill hope.

Ensure that Primary Care in your community is ready to help.


AFSP and SafeSide Prevention

To achieve the goals of Project 2025, AFSP sought a partner with shared values and expertise in primary care.

SafeSide Prevention, founded by Dr. Tony Pisani, suicide prevention expert and primary care psychologist, was the right partner.

Dr. Pisani teams with lived experience faculty, Kristina Mossgraber, and primary care providers at the University of Rochester to teach and model best practices.

Want a deep dive?

At the end of this 16-minute video you'll:

  • know firsthand what primary care professionals learn and how we support them.
  • be ready to describe SafeSide to a potential partner and invite them to join you in creating a safer community
  • know what your chapter needs to do to get started

If you're looking for a quick overview instead of a deep dive, view a 2 min overview here!

Funding Primary Care Training in Your Community

STEP 1: Contact A Practice You'd Like to Sponsor

Identify a primary care practice in your community and express your interest in providing funding. To inform and spread the word:

  • Share this webpage with information for practices about the training
  • Distribute this flyer to practices or healthcare contacts (general or pediatric) that might be interested.
  • Like and share this video on social media or with potential partners.

STEP 2: Connect the Practice to SafeSide to Get Questions Answered

Once your chapter has budgeted for participation, your Area Director completes this referral form or simply email SafeSide with the information you have ([email protected]).

A member of the SafeSide team will contact the practice, tell them about the training, and help them get started.

STEP 3: Await and Celebrate

SafeSide will keep you informed as they walk each practice through their health system's approval process. That can take time, but the impact is worth the wait!

Once approved, SafeSide provides everything the practice needs to complete training and engage long term for support. Your chapter receives impact reports from SafeSide's data evaluation team based on the practice staff’s responses to research-based measures.

Stay as involved as you want–attend training, bring lunch, or find other creative ways to thank, engage, and encourage staff of your sponsored practice! Once they've trained 75% of their staff, we'll send you a frame-worthy AFSP-SafeSide certificate you can present.

AFSP Sponsorship

How It Works

Pricing is simple. Your chapter launches training with $2000 per practice location. The practice pays $40 per patient care provider or staff per year.

Once the practice commits to training, SafeSide bills them for their portion ($40/person) and AFSP national will transfer sponsorship funds from your chapter’s account ($2000/practice).

Multiple Practices. If the health system you contact has more practice locations than your chapter can fund alone, SafeSide and AFSP National will work with the system on an affordable cost structure. Since you made the connection and funded the first sites, you remain the sponsoring chapter for the entire rollout and the impact it has!

Your sponsorship provides

Year-round access to video-based curriculum

Optional monthly office hours with Dr. Pisani and his team

Updates to the curriculum and refresher videos

Coaching to get started and stay engaged