Today’s post is in honor of Emily Torchiana.

Last night Emily Torchiana won the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Public Service at the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s National Gala.  You can watch her win the award here.

Emily was nominated for her work in suicide prevention through her non-profit, The Invisible Illnesses.  It hosts workshops to educate both students and parents on mental health. Emily herself attempted suicide after being bullied in high school.

Emily’s goal is to shatter the stigma surrounding mental health.  She does this by speaking at middle and high schools, conferences, and universities across the country about her experiences.

Emily speaks about being a victim to severe bullying back in high school, which led to her struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Social Anxiety, as well as overcoming a suicide attempt. Rather than suffer silently, as many do, Emily decided to help others who also struggle with mental illnesses by sharing her experience and encouraging others to open up.

We are proud of you Emily.