Welcome. We are the Metro Atlanta chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.
As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.
2014 Board of Directors:
Dorian Lamis, President
Dorian Lamis is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry
and behavioral sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. He
graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia, received his M.A.
in clinical psychology from East Tennessee State University, and his
Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina
His research focuses on risk and protective factors for suicidal
behaviors in a variety of populations including adolescents, young
adults (e.g., college students), and African American women. He has
published over 45 peer reviewed articles on suicide and related
topics. He is also senior editor of the book,Understanding and
Preventing College Student Suicide,published in 2011, by Charles C.
Dorian has been the recipient of several awards for his work on
suicide, including the American Psychological Association’s
Distinguished Student Research Award, the American Association of
Suicidology’s Morton M. Silverman Award, the SOPHE/CDC Injury &
Violence Prevention Fellowship, and multiple awards from USC. He hopes
his research will inform suicide intervention and prevention programs.
Dorian also has a strong interest in clinical work, especially with
populations who are at-risk for suicide and other self-harm behaviors.
Anna Ruth Williams, Chair
A young entrepreneur, Anna Ruth founded AR|PR in 2011, a full-service public relations and integrated marketing firm specializing in the technology industry. Previously, Anna Ruth managed communications for high-profile political figures as well as national and international business-to-business and business-to-consumer accounts.
She has a proven record of executing strategic online marketing campaigns and securing media coverage in both local and national outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Industry Week, Denver Business Journal and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Anna Ruth graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama where she won four national championships in public speaking events. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University.
Active in the community, Anna Ruth serves as co-chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Metro Atlanta Chapter and as an Alliance for Better Georgia board member. She is a member of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2013, the Public Relations Society of America and the Technology Association of Georgia.
Roland Behm, Boadie Dunlop, Gregg Graham, Joe Martin, Belinda McIntosh, Jeff Rakofsky and Jason Weeks
Chris Owens, Area Director
Chris is a graduate of Duquesne University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing. Previously a psychiatric and research nurse at Duke University, she started with AFSP organizing the first Out of the Darkness Walks in Atlanta in 2004 then helped start the chapter in 2006. Originally from Pennsylvania, she has lived in Metro Atlanta for 22 years.