Community

Welcome to the AIRY Community page. For information on how to make a donation, please keep reading.

It takes all of us to solve the youth suicide problem and we are grateful for your interest and support.

Arts in Recovery for Youth began development in the fall of 2016 in response to a rise in suicide rates amongst youth in Berkshire County.

We came together as a community to address the problem. AIRY met with interested youth, parents, educators, school adjustment counselors, child and adolescent clinicians, youth development leaders, non-profit organizations, expressive arts therapists and local area artists to form what has become a movement of hope and inspiration.
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The community showed such an incredible response to this initiative allowing us to triple in size in our first year. The 49 young people who have come through the door find a safe place, a sense of hope and belonging, and an outlet to discharge suicidal thoughts and emotions.

Adolescents and young adults feel empowered as they step up into new roles. Their leadership has pushed the program forward into new directions, and is creating a momentum across the county. They are using the arts to make a difference in society, to inspire, educate, and break stigma.
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Suicide is not an easy topic, but we are having the conversation. And we hope you will too. Every person we meet has been affected by suicide in some way or other. We all know someone who has struggled with suicidal thoughts or has experienced loss of a loved one to suicide. We read about it in the media. We see it on tv. Yet we don’t know how to talk about it. AIRY is a step forward to change that.
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The commitment to recovery is evidenced by community members who have supported us, in spreading the word, showing up, fundraising, contributing art materials, mentorship and space.
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The way forward is through this open-hearted collaboration, a collective of voices, passion and dedication to youth suicide prevention.

Young people matter and we need to show up and help them cope with the contemporary challenges they face – the isolation of a digital world and the impact of social media, the daily social stresses of school, cyberbullying, rejection, racism and confusion about gender identity and sexuality, the risks of substance abuse and access to firearms, and many more.
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We hope you will get inspired and involved with our community model for youth suicide prevention. No contribution is too small. To meet the needs of the staggering number of suicidal youth in our county, we need funding and resources. We need fiscal sponsorship and collaborative partners. There is a place for everyone, for together, we are responsible for helping save young lives.

To make a donation, please visit:
https://www.gofundme.com/arts-in-recovery

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To have a conversation, contact Founder/Director Marney Schorr at airyberkshires@gmail.com or by phone at (631) 697-8291.

We also encourage you to attend one of our many community events on our Events page.

We would like to thank the following organizations who believe in our vision: the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, the MA Department of Public Health, Senator Hinds, the Northern Berkshire United Way, the Local Massachusetts Cultural Councils, Roots Teen Center, NUarts Gallery & Studios, Extra Special Teas, the Bushnell-Sage Library, Commonfolk Artist Collective, the Whitney Center for the Arts, Berkshire Theatre Group, The Colonial Theatre, Berkshire Pulse, Unitarian Universalist Church, Berkshire Medical Center, the Brien Center, Clinical and Support Options, Counseling Center of the Berkshires, and the  Youth Zero Suicide Prevention Program at Berkshire Health Systems.

Together we are making a difference.

Sincerely,
Marney