A release from the organizers, in association with the Register, which will have a special report on suicide in Connecticut in an upcoming edition. Stay tuned for the stats and latest on prevention about this important topic. But first:
Putnam Police chief named honorary chairman of annual suicide prevention concert
Particle Accelerator VI to take place June 2, 2012 in memory of the Legendary Jack Young, Jr.
April 11, 2012-- Organizers of the annual suicide prevention and awareness concert PARTICLE ACCELERATOR are proud to announce that Putnam Police Chief Rick Hayes has been named the honorary chairman for PARTICLE ACCELERATOR VI. The organizers’ decision to ask Chief Hayes to participate this year as honorary chair was an easy one for the group. In 2010, Particle Accelerator organizers began working with the Putnam Police Department, Putnam P.R.I.D.E and the Putnam Recreation Department to bring the event to the town of Putnam, Connecticut. The partnership proved fruitful; although the event was free to the public for the first time, Particle Accelerator raised an all-time high of more than $5,000.00 through sponsorships and donations the day of the event. The concert continues to get tremendous support from local business owners, musicians and community members.
“This year I’m pleased to support this effort by serving as Honorary Chairman for Accelerator VI, our sixth annual suicide awareness and prevention benefit concert,” states Chief Hayes. “As Putnam’s Chief of Police, I can’t say enough about the positive effects Particle Accelerator has had in our community to help raise awareness and support to prevent suicide and depression.”
Funds raised from the recent PARTICLE ACCLERATOR concerts have gone to help United Services in providing free Mental Health First Aid Training to the area’s first responders, educators, healthcare workers, and many other members of the community. United Services is the first Behavioral Health Center in Connecticut to make this important preventative training available to the public.
For more information, those interested can go to www.particleaccelerator.org. There you can view the band schedule, make private donations, sign up for a corporate sponsorship, or fill out an online Volunteer Registration Form.