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SAMHSA News - November/December 2007, Volume 15, Number 6

Garrett Lee Smith's Story

"Senator Gordon Smith has demonstrated the ability to turn a great personal loss into a selfless act that benefits the Nation," said A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed., Director of SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services.

The son of U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, J.D. (D-OR), Garrett Lee Smith loved the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Garrett also suffered from depression. He committed suicide the day before his twenty-second birthday.

Since then, Senator Smith has supported bipartisan legislation in Garrett's memory to help other families and communities stop suicide among the young.

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