Apr 122013

Depression and anxiety are major problems for our nation, and our neighborhoods — it’s a global problem.

How wide-spread is depression?

  • Approximately 60% of the people who die by suicide in our nation suffer from depression.
  • More than 38,000 die annually from suicide – more than homicide and war combined.
  • Depression is also the leading cause of disability in our nation. It is estimated at mental health problems cost our nation $79B each year, and most of that is from lack of productivity.

So what are we to do about this “global” problem? You can “act locally” and support Teenage Anxiety & Depression Solutions (TADS) by attending our Brighter Days fundraiser on April 27.

TADS is a Groton-based organization that “puts boots on the ground” in the battle against depression, co-founder Steve Boczenowski said earlier this spring. “We have defined the mission of TADS this way: to address mental health issues by raising awareness, providing education, and enabling access to care. To raise awareness, we”ve spoken at parent forums and we recently completed work on a video that we can bring to your community. To provide education, we have contracted with Screening for Mental Health for them to come to our town of Groton each year to train a roomful of educators on the well-known SOS Signs of Suicide curriculum. To enable access to care, we have contracted with the Mass School of Professional Psychology to bring the MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service to towns in our area – Groton and Dunstable, Ayer and Shirley.”

brighter_days_2013Brighter Days will be held at the Groton Country Club on April 27 at 7:00 p.m. Brighter Days is a very fun event at which we celebrate our successes over the past year. And there is much to celebrate, thanks to the generosity of many people in our community. This year, entertainment will be provided by Blue Taxi, a trio of three guys from Groton. We will also have warm hors oeuvre’s served by local high school students and a cash bar. There is a silent auction that will include items from local businesses and local artisans. Advanced tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Blackbird Cafe, the Main Street Cafe, and Moison’s Ace Hardware. Tickets at the door will be $35.

Proceeds support TADS and the MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service is available in Groton-Dunstable, Ayer-Shirley, Littleton, Harvard, Chelmsford, and Westford school districts. Anyone can call the helpline during business hours at 888-244-6843 x1411 and they will set you up with a mental health specialist who has an opening with your insurance within two weeks.

Silent Auction Contributors

Some great silent auction items and services have been donated by many members of the community:

  • Alicia Hersey Jewelry
  • Blackbird Café
  • Butterfly Pillows (Carmyn Young)
  • Cassie Sampas Photograph
  • Chaos to Calm
  • Che Bella Hair Salon
  • color*full
  • Denise Rainis Painting
  • Dyan Sierra Gift Basket
  • Ellen Todd Painting
  • Filho”s Cucina
  • Filho”s Cucina
  • Fitness Your Weigh
  • GDAY Relaxation Basket
  • Greco Graphics
  • Groton Fire Dept
  • Groton Market
  • Herb Lyceum
  • Holistic You
  • Katryn Miller Yoga Classes
  • Kindle (Alice Lenhart)
  • Limerick Heritage Alpacas
  • Lowell Spinner Tickets (Steve Liljegren)
  • Lucia”s Tavola
  • Lunch @ State House w Rep Harrington
  • Main Street Café
  • Markoh”s on Main
  • Meredith Bempkins Photograph
  • Moison ACE Hardware
  • Ogunquit, ME Getaway (Joann Boczenowski)
  • PC Myette
  • Powderhouse Gang Singers
  • Red Sox-Yankee tix (Kathy Boczenowski)
  • Salad Tongs (Janet Ryan)
  • Serenity Spa and Salon
  • Sheila Harrington Estate Planning
  • Solas Therapeutic Massage
  • Solas Therapeutic Massage
  • Virginia Wood Pottery
  • Zumba Classes (Kate Nelson)