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Capitol Hill Staff Member from Colorado Honored with National Suicide Prevention Award

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 Megan Axelrod, a member of the staff of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner with the Allies in Action Award at an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 10.

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"Megan Axelrod is a passionate hero working to make the lives of Coloradans 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.

Megan has worked in the U.S. Senate since 2017 and has been instrumental in promoting legislation to bring suicide prevention services and training to K-12 schools and to improve access to mental health care in rural communities. Within the office of Senator Cory Gardner, Megan has been a leader for the passage of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act in the Senate and making 988 a reality.

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 Colorado
Suicide is a leading, yet preventable public health problem in Colorado. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth and young adults ages 10-44, the 4th leading cause for residents ages 45-54 in Colorado, and the 7th leading cause of death overall. Almost seven times as many people died by suicide in Colorado 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

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