Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY) is an arts and skills based suicide prevention program for youth ages 13-26, designed by art therapist and attempt survivor, Marney Schorr.

In 2018 the AIRY program was recognized by the Massachusetts Statehouse for its excellence in leadership of suicide prevention. Since it’s inception the program has tripled in size and has shown improvement for 100% of youth served.

AIRY focuses on social and emotional learning and creative youth development through the expressive arts, peer support, dialectical behavior therapy and community building. It’s hybrid model is innovative and informed by suicidology and evidence based practices.

The 16 week program includes resources for families about suicide prevention, safe talk and safety planning, and strategies to prevent self harm.

Participation in AIRY creates a sense of belonging, hope and empowerment for adolescents and young adults. Members who complete the 16 week program are eligible to transition into step up art therapy groups, internships, volunteer work, and peer leader roles in the community.

For more information please see our Group calendar and Events page and visit us on Facebook.

Send inquiries to Executive Director Marney Schorr at airyberkshires@gmail.com.

This program is funded by Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, Cultural Council of Northern Berkshires, Northern Berkshire United Way, and private donors.

To make a donation, please visit our Community page.