This award is aptly named after one of the many victims of suicide, Anthony Banhart. Anthony cared deeply for his family. He was generous, kind and was always there when you needed him. Anthony was taken by police to the emergency department of a hospital after a suicide note was discovered at his home. Family members and members of the police department warned the hospital personnel that Anthony had plans to end his life and desperately needed emergency medical and psychiatric treatment. Anthony never got the treatment he so badly needed. Without seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist, Anthony was released from the emergency department with no plan for follow up treatment and took his own life three days later.
A common myth about suicide malpractice cases is that the patient's death was inevitable even with proper medical management and counseling. With proper medical and psychiatric treatment, Anthony would likely be alive today.
Accessible mental health care would have a positive impact on susceptible individuals who suffer from suicidal tendencies. Legislation could make health care mandatory for people who need it, profoundly helping them, as well as limit or regulate access to the firearms which are involved in the leading method of suicide.
Mr. Fisher has established a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to a student who is interested in these issues. Applicants should discuss how legislation addressing U.S. health care and/or access to firearms could help prevent suicide.
To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must be at least currently enrolled in an academic program this includes current high school seniors and college students with plans to continue their education in the fall of 2021. They must also have maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA in school.
In order to be considered, an application for this scholarship must include:
A) A school resume,
B) A recent transcript,
C) A 500-1,000 word article with thoughtful ideas on how legislation can be implemented to lower or decrease the rate of suicide in the United States.