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WATCH LIVE: Jefferson Awards National Ceremony, featuring Charleston's Emily Torchiana

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A Charleston woman is in consideration for a national award tonight in recognition of her public service to young adults contemplating suicide.

Emily Torchiana has been nominated by ABC News 4 for this year's Jefferson Awards Foundation Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Public Service.

The winner will be announced later tonight. You can watch the ceremony happening now in the embedded link above (Mobile users can click HERE).

ABC News 4 has partenered with the Jefferson Awards to honor people in the Lowcountry doing outstanding work in public service. Torchiana is our local representative.

HISTORY | CofC senior uses her attempted suicide to stop others from trying

A recent College Of Charleston graduate, Emily was chosen for her work through her non-profit, Invisible Illnesses, which hosts workshops to educate both students and parents on mental health and suicide prevention.

"If you saw me on the street, you wouldn't know I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," Torchiana said earlier Thursday. "You wouldn't know I suffer from depression or social anxiety. You wouldn't know I attempted suicide in high school after being severely cyber-bullied through an anonymous Facebook profile or that I had received psychiatric treatment. You can't physically see my mental illnesses but that doesn't mean they are not there. By sharing my story with students across the country, I realized there were many out there who could relate to my experiences with mental illness."

Click HERE to view past stories about Emily and other people in the Lowcountry honored by the Jefferson Awards for their public service.

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