Announcing the 2016 AFSP Lifesavers Gala Honorees

AFSP is pleased to announce this year’s distinguished group of honorees who will be recognized at the Foundation’s 28th Annual Lifesavers Gala on May 3 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The Gala will be chaired by Husseini Manji, M.D. Global Therapeutic Area Head, Neuroscience, Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C.



Kate Snow
Kate Snow
Anchor for MSNBC and Nightly News Sunday and National Correspondent for NBC News



headshotPUBLIC SERVICE AWARD • Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., Give an Hour™
Included in TIME Magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., is the president of Give an Hour™, which enlists mental health professionals to provide free services to U.S. troops, veterans, their loved ones, and their communities.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Van Dahlen received the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation. In 2014 she was honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant voluntary contributions to our military and the United States Army.

Senator Creigh Deeds is a member of the Senate of Virginia. He became a tireless advocate for mental health after his son died by suicide after being denied a bed at a Virginia hospital. He has been honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness with the Richard T. Greer Advocacy Award for his efforts to reform mental health, and the American Psychological Association Practice Organization with the 2015 State Legislator of the Year Award.

ht_sue_klebold_jef_150723PUBLIC EDUCATION AWARD Sue Klebold, Advocate and Author
Sue Klebold, the mother of Dylan, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School in 1999, has spent the last 16 years trying to make sense of what happened, and examining whether there was anything she could have done to prevent the tragedy. She has become a passionate and effective advocate of mental health awareness. Sue is a longtime AFSP supporter and Council Member (Loss & Healing.) Her book A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy was published in February.

alan_apter_cropped.b3f1fccc9f9cc590876b59536a732f39174RESEARCH AWARD Alan Apter, M.D., Director of the Child and Adolescent Division of Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel
Alan Apter, M.D., is one of Israel’s leading child psychiatry researchers. The author of many pioneering papers on the causes of youth suicide, youth suicide prevention, and military suicide, he is Director of the Child and Adolescent Division of Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel.


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