The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) today announced that actress Brooke Shields will host the 19th annual Lifesavers Dinner on May 2, 2007, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The Lifesavers Dinner generates crucial financial support for AFSP's research and education programs and helps to raise greater public awareness about suicide and mental illness.

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States, which means one person will die by suicide approximately every 16 minutes. One suicide attempt occurs each minute. Dinner host Brooke Shields is all too familiar with suicide and mental illness, having suffered from postpartum depression following the birth of her first daughter, and losing dear friend and Suddenly Susan co-star, David Strickland, to suicide in 1999. Shields chronicled her experience with postpartum depression in her book, "Down Came the Rain."

"I'm honored to lend support to AFSP and to have a role in this worthwhile event," Shields said. "It is so important to recognize those who work tirelessly to further our understanding of suicide and enhance prevention strategies. The contributions of AFSP and those who will be honored at the Lifesavers Dinner are helping to erase the stigma associated with getting help to prevent suicide and recover from depression. This event as well as the honorees are also helping to increase the national dialogue about these issues so that even more positive work can be done."

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