It's #GivingTuesday! Help us raise $5,000 to bring future suicide prevention training workshops to our community. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season.” Donate today.

Watch a video to learn why Todd Chicko, Chairperson of Counseling & Psychological Services– Grades 7-12 at ABRSD, believes AB United Way's fundraiser for suicide prevention training workshops is important.

According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US; suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in 15 to 34 year olds. According to MA Department of Public Health, suicide rates in MA have increased 40% from 2004 to 2014. It is a critical issue in Acton and Boxborough. Join us on #GivingTuesday. Suggested donation of $50. Donate $50 to AB United Way today.  Each and every dollar given today will be invested back into our community. 

"As a mental health clinic, we are accustomed to dealing with clients who are struggling with thoughts of death, or who may have made attempts to harm themselves.  Given the many suicides that have occurred in the surrounding communities in the past year and the age of those who have died, it has given us all pause.  We have heard from a growing number of people how suicide has touched their lives more than ever.  And in the course of talking to community members about QPR training, people have revealed their own stories of loss in return.  It is truly remarkable that once the conversation gets started and people are given permission to talk about suicide it takes the shame and stigma away and gives a voice to those who might not have had one.  Giving people tools to recognize the warning signs of suicide and learn how to respond and refer someone for help not only enhances what we do but makes it easier for people to actually seek out the help they need. " (The Eliot Center)

Give today to AB United Way and help us raise $5,000 for future suicide prevention training workshops.