On Thursday, May 22nd, AFSP recognized its distinguished list of honorees at the 2014 Lifesavers Dinner held in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The gala event is held annually to highlight the outstanding contributions made by researchers, corporations, suicide survivors, and humanitarians as they come together to shine the light on the issue of suicide. Hosted by actress Gabrielle Anwar, this year's dinner was rich with thrilling examples of the work that is being done to help prevent suicide.
Among the honorees were Drs. Guy and Gary Diamond who have long worked together to expand and improve family therapy so that it more successfully addresses suicide for youth and LGBT populations; Samsung Life Insurance of South Korea whose leaders developed a most innovative approach to address the issue of suicide means restriction; Tregg Duerson whose father died by suicide in 2011 and who is working in his father's name to help disadvantaged communities address concussions and reduce brain injury; and finally Arnold Fisher who has raised more than $200 million in his work with the Department of Defense to develop medical centers aimed specifically at addressing the issue of diagnosing and treating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in service members coming home from conflict. AFSP is thrilled to be able to host such a moving and powerful event that gathers true champions of suicide prevention. With so much work to be done, we are encouraged, empowered, and humbled by all of their efforts as we join together to create a true community that recognizes and addresses the serious health issue of suicide both in the United States and around the world.