The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is offering a $12,500 grant for an organization to provide suicide prevention strategies for local youth.
“It seems like everyday or every other week … when you open the newspaper there is some instance of a young person taking their life,” said Joeline Wruck, director of community initiatives and program services for the Community Foundation, which serves Southington, Berlin, New Britain and Plainville.
The grant is made through the foundation’s Catalyst Fund, which is financed by local donors who meet annually to decide on an issue they would like to see addressed.
“We try to talk to the community every year and see what issues are brewing or need more resources,” said foundation communications manager Kimberly Duncan.
Proposals from non-profits seeking the grant are being accepted through Monday, Aug. 5. The final award is usually announced in November.
“Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in Connecticut. It is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-14 and the third leading cause of death for ages 15-24,” said a Community Foundation statement announcing the grant. “Reducing risk factors, increasing protective factors and building the capacity of trusted adults are seen as ways to counter this troubling trend.”