WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Health Organization declares September 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day where around the world, people and organizations raise awareness that suicide can be prevented. To create awareness and honor those working to prevent this tragic loss of life, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention presented Legislative Assistant Olivia Hussey, a member of the staff of U.S. Representative Seth Moulton with the Allies in Action Award at an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 10.
"Olivia Hussey is a passionate hero working to make the lives of Americans better every day. We are proud to present her with this prestigious award which she earned through her hard work and dedication. She is a true lifesaver and leader in AFSP's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide," said Robert Gebbia, AFSP CEO.
As a Congressional Health Staffer since 2017, Olivia has partnered with AFSP to introduce legislation to prioritize mental health for all Americans. Working under Representative Seth Moulton, Ms. Hussey is at the forefront of reducing the rate of suicide among the Veteran and Servicemember communities and has been a leading champion in the designation of 988 on Capitol Hill.
AFSP's Allies in Action Awards honor individuals who are working tirelessly at all levels of government to improve mental health and reduce suicide in our country. This award is in recognition of their longstanding and steadfast support of, and leadership in, suicide prevention and mental health. The online awards ceremony held today included volunteers who have lost loved ones to suicide or who have their own lived experience with a suicide attempt, along with mental health professionals, suicide prevention allies, members of Congress and their staff, and other leaders in the field. This awards ceremony coincides with a campaign AFSP is championing for National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6-12), the #KeepGoing campaign.
To learn about the other award winners, visit: afsp2020advocacyawards.attendease.com.
Suicide in Massachusetts
Suicide is a leading, yet preventable public health problem in Massachusetts. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth and young adults ages 10-34, the 4th leading cause for residents ages 35-54 in Massachusetts, and the 12th leading cause of death overall. More than six times as many people died by suicide in Massachusetts in 2018 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that's smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention