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Afterglow Foundation donates $61,000 for local suicide prevention and education
By Bridget Higdon
ST. ALBANS CITY — Thanks to the more than 1,500 community members who showed up for a day of music, the Afterglow Foundation was able to give away $61,000 to local suicide prevention efforts.
The Afterglow board of directors presented the donation on Thursday, Oct. 27 to Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, the Vermont Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Josh Pallotta Fund and the St. Albans Recreation Department.
$30,000 of those dollars went to NCSS, where it will be used to facilitate more mental health first aid training at schools and businesses across the state.
“It’s important that we engage young people in the conversation after adults,” team leader Lance Metayer said. “It’s extra special for them to know how to look out for one another, peer to peer.”
President Todd Bauman said the money NCSS typically receives goes toward services that intervene after a crisis has occurred. He appreciates that the Afterglow funds are intended for proactive programs, making the whole community more resilient.
Tony Stevens, NCSS’ emergency services director, said the organization will be starting a new training this week for the staff who answer the 988 suicide prevention hotline.
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