In 2016, she started a grass roots art therapy program for youth suicide prevention in her art studio on a shoe string budget. Within three years Marney helped to save the lives of over 90 teens and young adults. 100% of those youth have reported improvement and are safe. On average they have experienced a reduction in feeling suicidal by 77% in four months, and 95% in a year. Many of them are in full remission and have been trained to help new youth in the AIRY program.
Suicide rates for young people have been on the rise for over a decade. Teens and young adults are trying to cope with the stresses of society today - gun violence, racism, discrimination, school bullying, the opioid epidemic, the loss of a parent, the insecurities about the leadership of our country, and so much more. They are more isolated than ever before and are fearful of the future.
Because the success of AIRY, dozens of young people at risk for suicide are now reaching out for help.
But due to funding cuts, existing resources are not enough to help them.
Marney, and the young people she helps along with their parents, are determined to do whatever it takes to save the program and grow it into a sustainable resource, not just for Berkshire County, but for all who seek help.
Through the arts, young people at risk for suicide learn skills in how to manage their emotions, problem solve, develop a greater sense of belonging, leadership and peer support, and strengthen identity, hope and meaningfulness in their lives.
Please help this life saving program to prevail. Every donation goes directly to AIRY's arts-based suicide prevention programming for teens and young adults, ages 13-26, at no cost to families.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, there is help available. You can learn more on our website at www.airyedu.com.
Together we can stop youth suicide and make a difference in the lives of the next generation. Please join me in this fight.
Thank you for supporting this mission and for listening to our story.
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