AB Cares LogoAB United Way is proud to co-found AB Cares, a community-based collaborative effort that seeks to prevent suicide across the life span and support all who are impacted by suicide.

AB Cares, a community coalition, serves as a community response to suicide. "Suicide is a major public health issue in Massachusetts. 642 deaths were ruled as suicides in 2015,"said Larry Berkowitz, Director, Riverside Trauma Center. AB Cares includes all residents of the community as youth, middle-aged men, and seniors are at the greatest risk of death by suicide. For Acton and Boxborough, the comprehensive 2016 Youth Risk Behavior survey revealed that 15% of high school students seriously considered suicide in the last 12 months. For the middle school, 5% of sixth grade respondents and 11% of eighth grade respondents report having seriously considered attempting suicide during the twelve months prior to the survey.

AB Cares is developing new resources on suicide prevention and mental health including on-line resources. See AB Cares Resources Document.

Read the full press release here.

Is your group or organization interested in hosting a QPR training to support adults in learning the three steps to prevent suicide? Complete this form, and an AB Cares member will follow up with you shortly.

Current Members of Core Group Include:
Acton-Boxborough Regional School District
Acton-Boxborough United Way
Danny's Place Youth Services
Eliot Community Human Services
Highrock Covenant Church representing Acton-Boxborough-Stow Clergy Association
Minuteman Senior Services
Riverside Trauma Center, a service of Riverside Community Care
Town of Acton Department of Health
Town of Acton Police Department - Youth Officer
Town of Acton: Community Services Coordinator
Town of Boxborough: Community Services Coordinator

Thanks to Acton Rotary Club for support of AB Cares.

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