U.S. markets closed
  • S&P 500

    -16.13 (-0.48%)
  • Dow 30

    -131.40 (-0.48%)
  • Nasdaq

    -32.28 (-0.29%)
  • Russell 2000

    -5.62 (-0.37%)
  • Crude Oil

    -1.43 (-3.52%)
  • Gold

    +20.90 (+1.11%)
  • Silver

    +0.77 (+3.27%)

    +0.0077 (+0.66%)
  • 10-Yr Bond

    -0.0180 (-2.71%)

    +0.0015 (+0.11%)

    +0.1610 (+0.15%)

    +67.26 (+0.63%)
  • CMC Crypto 200

    -7.94 (-3.46%)
  • FTSE 100

    -30.43 (-0.51%)
  • Nikkei 225

    +27.48 (+0.12%)

Capitol Hill Staff Member from New York Honored with National Suicide Prevention Award

Capitol Hill Staff Member from New York Honored with National Suicide Prevention Award

Capitol Hill Staff Member from New York Honored with National Suicide Prevention Award

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2020

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 Senior Legislative Assistant Marcus Garza, a member of the staff of U.S. Representative José Serrano with the Allies in Action Award at an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 10.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Logo (PRNewsfoto/AFSP)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Logo (PRNewsfoto/AFSP)

"Marcus Garza is a passionate hero working to make the lives of New Yorkers better every day. We are proud to present him with this prestigious award which he earned through his hard work and dedication. He 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.

Marcus has been on Capitol Hill since 2016 and has been an ally to AFSP in promoting suicide prevention legislation, efforts, and funding priorities within his office and to additional Congressional offices. Within the office of Congressman José Serrano, Marcus oversees a portfolio including health, education, labor, the environment, Veterans, and financial services.

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 New York
Suicide is a leading, yet preventable public health problem in New York. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth and young adults ages 10-34, the 4th leading cause for adults ages 35-54 in New York, and the 12th leading cause of death overall. More than five times as many people died by suicide in Maryland 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.


View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/capitol-hill-staff-member-from-new-york-honored-with-national-suicide-prevention-award-301124915.html

SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention